W.L.Wyllie was an artist in oil, watercolour, etching and aquatint of marine and tidal Thames subjects. W.L.Wyllie was born in Londonon 5th July 1851, son of William Morison Wyllie and brother of Charles Wyllie. Both his father and his half-brother, Lionel Smythe, were painters, so it was only natural that the boy should take to art at an early age. All the family drew and painted as a matter of course. W.L.Wyllie first studied at the Heatherly’s in Newman Street, London, in 1865 where he spent most of his time making drawings from antiques. Later W.L.Wyllie entered the Royal Academy School between 1866-69, where he studied under Leighton, Millais, Armytage, Wells, Landseer, and many other painters of Victorian times. W.L.Wyllie won the Turner Gold Medal, and he was taught perspective in a very thorough manner by Bowler.
Acknowledged as one of the leading marine artists at the turn of the century. Marine painter to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Ryde. Work in the National Maritime Museum. Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water-colours, Abbey Gallery, Agnew & Sons Gallery, Royal Society of Artists – Birmingham, Carfax & Co. Gallery, RPFA, Connell & Sons Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries, Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Leicester Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, New English Art Club, Arthur Tooth & Son Gallery.
He was Associate of Royal Society of Painter-Etchers 1903, New English Art Club 1887, Associate Royal Academy 1889, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water-colours 1882, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers 1904, Royal Academy1907.
W.L.Wyllie was the father of Harold Wyllie. W.L.Wyllie lived in Portsmouth for many years from 1907 and died in London on 6th April 1931.