He was the more successful of two half-brothers (both sons of a Benjamin Westall, from Norwich), who each became painters. His younger half-brother was William Westall (1781-1850), a much-travelled landscape painter.
His works – many in water-color - included portraits (including Queen Victoria, Lord Byron and Richard Ayton) and many historical subjects of a neo-classical nature (eg: Shakespearean scenes), and he was a successful illustrator of books (including an edition of the Bible and of John Milton’s poems), working for (among others) noted publisher John Boydell. He also served as drawing master to Princess, later Queen Victoria between 1827 and his death in 1836.
William Westall A.R.A. RichardWestall R.A. (1765-1836) and William Westall A.R.A. shared the same father Benjamin Westall, but their mothers were Mary nee Ayton for Richard and Martha nee Harbord for William.
An engraving by William Daniell after George Dance, provided by the National Portrait Gallery said to be of William Westall is, in fact, a portrait of RichardWestall.
It is marked RichardWestall and has a signature 'Geo Dance' and date 'Jan 31st 1803'.
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