Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
Was lance-sergeant in the 58th Regt. during war in the Bay of Islands. Williams mystifyingly shared a sketchbook with Major Cyprian Bridge during the 1845 campaign: the paintings include sketches connected with the fighting and pure landscape. Between the two men there are sometimes two or three versions of identical scenes and until lately it has been difficult to disentangle the copyist from the original painter. Williams is said to have eventually deserted from the army and lived in the Bay of Islands as a recluse. Paintings of his were found around the turn of the century in the hut where he died. Work is reproduced in Cowan's The Maori Wars pub. 1922. Represented: AIML, Turnbull, Hocken and the Nan Kivell Collection, Australian National Library, Canberra.