1803 – 1863
Royal Naval ships just of the coast
Frame size: 18 x 20 inches / 45.7 x 50.8 cm
Stock number: AF9763/0818
William Joy was an artist from Great Yarmouth, who along with his brother John Cantiloe Joy (1806-1859), were known in the art world at the time as the ‘Brothers Joy’. Captain G W Manby (Barrack Master at Yarmouth and inventor of the portable fire extinguisher as well as other apparatus for life-saving at sea) spotted their skill as artists at an early age. Captain Manby gave them the use of a room overlooking the sea in the Royal Hospital, Great Yarmouth in order to practice their drawing and painting by watching the sea and the ships sailing by. The Brothers Joy moved to London in 1830 under the patronage of John Nevill, 3rd Earl of Abergavenny (Y Fenni) – who was Rector of Burgh Apton with Holveston, Norfolk, and Chaplain to the Price Regent. Whilst living in London the brothers gained quite a reputation for naval artworks and were commissioned by the likes of Admiral Sir Charles Cunningham and Sir Jahleel Brenton. They often worked on the same pieces but did work separately as well. William exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824 and 1832, and the British Institution in 1823 and 1845. In their final years, the brothers were working in Chichester, Sussex. They both died within a short space of time of each other, although we know that John died first on the 9th August 1859, with his elder brother, William at his side.