||This impressive late 19th century portrait oil painting is by British artist James E Barclay. The sitter is a Major in the Royal Marines, William Wynch George BacK Willis who was born in 1838 and died in 1910. The composition hints at a story behind this portrait, with a note book or sketch book just in view and pencil in hand. Is he an aspiring artist? Or about to write a letter? The profile perspective is interesting along with his half unbuttoned jacket but turned head and full gaze at the viewer. A fascinating portrait.Signed top right.