His father was a well-known landscape artist, who taught him how to paint; otherwise he received no formal instruction. His early paintings were signed "Sidney Williams”. He began using the name “Percy” when he was 20 to differentiate himself from the other artists in his family.
He began exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1842 and at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists.View in the Hills is a wonderful example of his work. At this time of his career he was at his very best and most successful. Percy's oils were wonderful Victorian works of art, with strong colours, details and light. Painting in Wales,Scotland and the Lake District, his works caught the imagination of the wealthy buyer , in the same way that nowadays people flock to buy the works of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. One difference between the two era's was that Percy had the ability to paint. I have bought and sold many SR Percy's and this one is one of the best. Provenance: Sothebys , Fine Art of Oakham, Private Collection