Although born at Penryn in Cornwall in 1808, William Williams was to spend most of his working life in Plymouth in Devon.
Almost all of his views depict the rivers, beaches and moorland scenes of Devon and Cornwall.
Known primarily as a landscape painter, he did also produce a series of evocative shipping and coastal scenes, these deftly executed in both oil and watercolour.
Between 1841 and 1876, William Williams exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street, and the British Institution; with such titles as "Twilight on the Avon", exhibited in 1845, "Sunrise, Arch Rock, Torquay", exhibited in 1851, and "The Storms of Devon, Scene near Chagford", exhibited in 1866.
He also lived in Bath, Torquay and finally, Topsham in Devon, where he died in 1895.