William Edward Millner was a genre and animal painter and was probably Lincolnshire’s most important Victorian genre artist. He lived and worked all his life in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. His father William Millner (1818 – 1870) was also a local artist and teacher. From 1869 – 1896 William Millner exhibited at the Royal Academy, and was also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists exhibiting in Suffolk Street. Rustic genre was his favourite subject as is seen in the painting titles exhibited at the Royal Academy, e.g. Labourers, Unyoking, Ploughing – Lincolnshire. He also painted animals, especially horses. A number of his pictures can be seen in the collection of the Gainsborough Old Hall Museum. A Wayside Gossip signed and dated 1873, is in the Tate Gallery.