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Walter William Ouless

Walter William Ouless
Self portrait (1918)
Born 21 Sep. 1848
Saint Helier
Died 1933
Field Portrait painting

Walter William Ouless, RA (1848–1933) was a British portrait painter from Jersey. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1877 and a full member (RA) in 1881.

He was born in 1848 at 53 Paradise Row, New Street, Saint Helier, at the home where his father, marine artist Philip John Ouless, had established his studio in the previous year. His mother was Caroline Savage. He was educated at Victoria College and went to London in 1864, where he entered the Royal Academy schools in 1865. His earliest work was in the field of genre painting, but his compatriot Millais advised him to concentrate on portrait painting, in which field he established a successful career. In later life he turned to landscape painting.

Ouless was "one of the best-known portraitists of the latter years of the nineteenth century",[1] regarded as an "impressive exponent of character".[2]

He was a volunteer in the Artists Rifles. His daughter Catherine Ouless (1879-1961) also achieved success as an artist.


Ouless exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1869, in the British Section of the Chicago Exhibition of 1893,[3] and of the Paris Exhibition of 1900.[4]


  • Dictionary of Painters of the Channel Islands, Philip Stevens, Jersey 2002, ISBN 0951816284

External links

  • Biography (London Atelier of representational Art)
  • W. W. Ouless online (ArtCyclopedia)
  • W. W. Ouless on Artnet
  • Portraits of Ouless (National Portrait Gallery (London)).
  • Portraits by Ouless (National Portrait Gallery (London)).
  • Christie's)
  • Portrait of William Henry Mason (1879, Christie's)

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