W.W. Ball was primarily a painter of landscape and marine subjects who exhibited quite widely in London from about 1875 until his death (which incidentally was allegedly in Khartoum, Sudan, as a result of heatstroke). He was an accountant before taking up painting full time in about 1877. In 1895 he married and settled in Lymington. After the outbreak of the First World War, he resumed his accounting work for the army and was sent to Cairo and then Khartoum where he died.
He painted in both watercolour (as in the example left) and oil (as in the example above). He also produced some etchings and book illustrations. Examples of his work are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Maidstone Museum and Newport Art Gallery.
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