Alexander Williams

Framed print (1) by Alexander Williams RHA
Framed print (2) by Alexander Williams RHA

Alexander Williams (1846-1930) is known for his talent in landscape and marine painting, but was also a successful taxidermist, with a significant collection of his birds and small mammals held in the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Raised in Drogheda, Co. Louth, he was largely self-taught and received just a few evening lessons in drawing at the RDS (Royal Drawing School). He began exhibiting with the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1870 and would continue to show work there for a running total of sixty one years. Williams moved permanently to Achill Island in 1899 which would become a significant source of influence for him. The garden he cultivated there has since become a popular public attraction.