Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Knell, William Adolphus
KNELL, WILLIAM ADOLPHUS (d. 1875), marine-painter, first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1826, sending a view at Eastbourne. He was a clever painter of shipping and the sea, and a frequent contributor to the Royal Academy and the British Institution, sending to the former in 1835 ‘Folkestone from the Dover Road,’ in 1846 ‘Vessels off the Flemish Coast,’ in 1852 ‘The Action in which Van Tromp was killed,’ and in 1866 (the last year in which he exhibited) ‘Outward-bound Vessel entering Funchal, Madeira.’ Knell painted a picture of ‘The Landing of Prince Albert,’ which was purchased for the royal collection, and was engraved by Miller for the ‘Art Journal’ in 1857. He died on 10 July 1875, and was buried in the Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington.
[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists.]