William Verner (Born 1857) was the son of Revd John Longe and Maria Elizabeth Verner née Martin. He lived in United Kingdom and was known for his attractive paintings. Verner studied in Brussels and at Ipswich School of Art. In 1881 his father was rector of Sternfield, and he lived with his wife and 5 of his children including the 23 year old Verner who had become an artist. They lived together until 1891. A landscape artist and a talented equestrian, Verner was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club between 1875 and 1891. From 1875, he exhibited from Sternfield Rectory, Suffolk. In 1875 he had 10 pictures on show and in 1881 he had 6 pictures – 'A Winter Moon', 'A Winter Evening', oils ‘Polly’, 'Sunrise on the Sea ‘Early Morning' and watercolors 'Stranded.' In 1882, Verner exhibited a further 6 pictures, 2 oils entitled 'A Portrait' and 'A Hunting Sketch' and watercolors 'The Keeper's Cottage, Sternfield', 'Blackheath, near Aldeburgh', and 'In Perils of Waters'; and in 1883 he exhibited 4 watercolors entitled 'Hunting Sketch.'
Verner continued to exhibit regularly. In 1974, two of his pictures were shown at the Club centenary. Verner always tried to invite viewers to step into his art, and share with him moments of pleasure. He was and still is a tremendous source of inspiration to many upcoming artists. Though he was a professional artist, he was open to learn new things, and was always on the lookout for new styles and techniques. He was always looking at different methods of creating and presenting his images.