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William Edward Mayes (1860 - 1952)

William Edward Mayes was the son of a Yarmouth sea captain and, with the love of sea in his blood, he had a life-long passion for all things marine. Through his interest in boats he was credited for inventing the ‘Rowlock’.

On the formation of the new ‘Yarmouth and Gorleston Art Society’ in 1937, later to be known as the ‘Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists’ which continues to this day, William Edward Mayes was a founder member of the Society and attended the first meeting along with C A Mellon as Chairman.

Retiring as Manager of a Yarmouth Foundry and on moving to Palgrave Road, William Edward Mayes could devote more time to his art. Cycling out on regular sketching trips into the Broadland countryside he produced watercolours depicting windmills, river scenes, general country views and the large expanse of Breydon Water so beloved by many Yarmouth artists of that period particularly S J Batchelder and C H Harrison whom William Edwards Mayes was so influenced by.

William Edward Mayes died in 1952.

Work by William Edward Mayes (1860 - 1952)

Barton Broad

Barton Broad

Watercolour
9½in x 13½in (24cm x 34.4cm)

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Hunsett Mill, River Ant near Stalham

Hunsett Mill, River Ant near Stalham

Watercolour
9½in x13¼in (24.2cm x 33.7cm)

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Mill and Cottage (Rounding the Bend)

Mill and Cottage (Rounding the Bend)

Watercolour
10¾in x 19¼in (27.4cm x 49cm)

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Near Beccles, River Waveney

Near Beccles, River Waveney

Watercolour
9½ x 13¼in (24.2cm x 33.7cm)

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Nearing Acle Bridge (Christmas Inscription on painting 1946)

Nearing Acle Bridge (Christmas Inscription on painting 1946)

Watercolour
9½ x 13¼in (24.2cm x 337cm)
Christmas message written on the bottom of the painting dated 1946

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The Thurne near Repps Staithe

The Thurne near Repps Staithe

Watercolour
9½in x 13¼in (24cm x 33.7cm)

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X1 (SOLD) William Edward Mayes

X1 (SOLD) William Edward Mayes

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X2 (SOLD) William Edward Mayes

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