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by Terri Scott

Mr. Coutts was very pleased to make the purchase of 19th century English artist, William Oliver's, "Her Daily Love Letter", from the Shelton Gallery in Wichita in 1983.

William Oliver (1805-1853) was born in England. He was a painter of landscapes and a watercolorist who painted chiefly views of foreign scenery...slight and unfinished. He painted only a few works in oil.

This painting is a prestigious example of Oliver's sensitivity for portraiture.

Oliver was a member of the new Watercolor Society. He exhibited in London from 1829 to 1853, primarily at the Royal Academy. He visited Italy, the object of most British artists at the time. There was much to see and to learn about painting in Italy.

William Oliver's paintings are seen at museums such as the Victoria and Albert, the Sheffield and the Sunderland.

His work was welcomed into the 20th century, as noted by the sales of his paintings in London and New York.

In Oliver's painting we appreciate his portrayal of feeling, finding expression in the emotional intensity and inwardness of the model.

If you would like to see this painting, it can be found in a visit to the museum on the 3rd floor in the northwest gallery.

Because it works!