William Strang was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London under the painter/etcher Alphonse Legros and then worked as Legros’ assistant. Strang’s son David catalogued over 700 prints which are characterised by certain dourness. His portraits are considered more successful, albeit lacking in subtlety. He also produced book illustrations, from pen and ink drawings to wood engravings, and illustrations for periodicals including The Yellow Book. He is credited with producing one of the largest woodcuts ever made, The Plough, which measured 106 x 120 cm and was engraved from nine joined planks.

Further reading:
Kenneth Guichard, British Etchers 1850-1940, Robin Garton, London 1977
William Strang RA 1859-1921, Sheffield City Art Galleries 1981