“Tall Ships Moored at Greenwich”
Watercolour, 7.1/2” x 5.1/4”
Signed and inscribed 1912
William Edward Riley was a landscape painter and architect who became elected as a member of The Royal Society of British Artists in 1906, where he exhibited a total of 208 works. He also showed four pictures at the Royal Academy and one at The Grosvenor Gallery.
This is a particularly fine little picture, executed with great sensitivity for the main subject matter of the ships, against a very subtle depiction of The Royal Naval College at Greenwich, shown more loosely painted across The Thames in the distance.