William Christian SYMONS

William Christian SYMONS

Born in London on 28 November, 1845 (GRO), he executed many decorations for Westminster Cathedral and others. His repertoire was large as a decorative designer and painter, and he worked at Newlyn for some time. Nonetheless he was not a member of the school of painters, though his painting A Girl Knitting, Newlyn was of the genre style prevailing, and was bought by his fellow artist, Ernest Albert WATERLOW as reminiscent of times in Newlyn.

His later life was spent almost entirely in Sussex. The artist authored and contributed illustrations to his article 'Newlyn and the Newlyn School' in The Magazine of Art in 1890, and may have been invited to write the article as a frequent visitor to the area, his mother having been born in Madron. He died, age 65, on 4 September, 1911, at Udimore, near Rye, East Sussex (GRO).


Painter in oil and watercolour of portraits, genre, landscape, still-life, flowers and historical subjects; designer

works and access

Works include: A Girl Knitting, Newlyn; The Young Electrician (C Wood illus Vol II)

Access to Work: The artist wrote and contributed illustrations to his article 'Newlyn and the Newlyn School', The Magazine of Art, 1890 (pp 199-205)


SS; NWS; GG; ROI; B; G; GI; Goupil (9); L; M (9); NEAC (6); RA (23); RBA (49); RHA; RI


Bednar Every Corner was a Picture


Dictionary of National Biography (DNB);

Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p278)

Mallett's Index

C Wood Victorian Painters (illus, Vol II)