William E. Harris is recorded as a popular landscape painter who lived and worked from a studio in his native Birmingham, later settling in London. Whilst working from his studio in London he exhibited three paintings at the Royal Academy and five at the Institute of Oil Painters.
From 1879-1900 he showed an impressive fifty paintings at the Royal Society of British Artists, these subjects comprising landscapes, river and coastal subjects. He appeared in the local directory in Birmingham in 1899.
William E. Harris died in 1930. His works may today be seen in the Surrey museums of Farnham and Chertsey, Henley-on-Thames Town Hall in Oxfordshire, and the National Trust property of Newark Park in Gloucestershire.