Sidney Richard Percy born Sidney Richard Percy Williams (1821 London - 13 April 1886 Sutton, Surrey), was an English landscape painter.
Sidney Richard Percy Williams was the fifth son of Edward Williams
. Although his early paintings were signed "Sidney Williams", from age 20 onwards he used the name "Percy" to differentiate himself from his painting family. He exhibited at the Royal Academy
from 1842 onwards, at the British Institution
, and with the Royal British Academy.
His painting was done mostly in Northern Wales, Devon, Yorkshire, the Lake District and Skye.
After marrying in 1863, he settled in Buckinghamshire. Their new home, Hill House was well-placed for painting forays into the English woodland, situated as it was across the Misbourne Valley. During this period he achieved immense popularity and his income was sufficient to indulge his wife in her extravagant tastes - she kept a carriage and employed a large retinue of servants. After the death of the two elder children, the family moved first to Redhill, and then on to Sutton in Surrey.
In 1865 Percy travelled to Venice, and returned visiting Switzerland and Paris. War between Prussia and Austria in 1866, temporarily put an end to foreign travel, but Percy found ample inspiration in the Welsh countryside. He spent many painting days in and around the villages of Llanbedr and Arthog, on either side of the Mawddach estuary in Merioneth.
Sidney Richard Percy Williams married Emily Charlotte Fairlam, daughter of Richard Fairlam, on 30 June 1857 in Barnes Parish Church.
Their children were:
- Herbert Sidney Percy Williams, death date unknown, Hammersmith
- Gordon Williams, death c1894
- Edith Williams
- Amy Dora Williams, born c1861, died 1957, Grange over Sands