William Logsdail (25 May 1859 – 3 September 1944) was a prolific English landscape, portrait, and genre painter. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery (London), and others. He is notable for his realistic London and Venice scenes and his plein air style.
Logsdail cultivated a tight objective and realistic style, although his later works painted while in Sicily show the lack of realism.
His Venice-based works exhibit a high degree of draftsmanship described as beautiful and nearly photographic. There is an interesting proficiency in his architectural work that express what was actually there in front of him. For example, in the winter in which he came to paint his St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields (1888), he hoped for a snow scene, but the whether was’n at his side and it started raining. Logsdail has adapted and, with his feet buried in straw to keep them warm, painted the whole scene without snow.
Here are two of his masterpieces:
St Martin in the Fields and The Ninth of November 1888