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William Dyce (1806-1864)
The Signal
Oil on canvas
Hand-colored steel engraving by John Henry Robinson (1796-1871), 1850, 9” x 6”
Gift of Eileen Montanez


William Dyce (1806-1864) was a Scottish painter, decorator, and illustrator.  He studied fresco-painting in Italy, and his expertise contributed to the decoration of the new Houses of Parliament at Westminster.  He became the head of the newly founded Royal College of Art and was an early champion for the new Pre-Raphaelite school of painters.  Dyce is represented in the collections at the Tate, and the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland have the largest collections of his work.