Walter Langley (1852 – 1922)
English artist. Born to a very large family near the slums of Birmingham, Langley started his artistic career at fifteen as an apprentice to a lithographer. At twenty-one he won a scholarship to South Kensington and studied design. Later he turned to painting in oils and finally to watercolor. His specialty was watercolor on a large scale, which is considered difficult and demanding, and many consider him to be the best watercolorist of all time. He is known for his paintings of scenes of motherhood and of everyday life in a small fishing village.