WALTON, Edward Arthur

1860 - 1922

Edward Arthur Walton - self-portrait

Edward Arthur Walton, was born at Glanderston House, Barr Head, Renfrewshire on 15 April 1860, son of Jackson Walton, a Manchester commission agent, and his wife Eliza Anne née Nicholson and into an exceptionally talented family. Walton spent two winters studying art at Kunstakadeie in Dusseldorf and then attended classes at Glasgow School of Art where he met James Guthrie (1859-1930). In the summer of 1879 Walton, Guthrie and Joseph Crawhall (1861-1913) worked together at Rosneath on the Clyde. Walton’s brother had married Judith Crawhall in 1878 and a nucleus of the Glasgow School came together in 1879. In 1883, Walton joined Guthrie, at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire where Walton made progress painting in the open air, in both oil and watercolour and also making a series of watercolours in Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute depicting the prosperous suburb and its well-dressed people. These watercolours are amongst the finest of the Glasgow School, with their clarity of image and colour and strong decorative sense. Walton was also a master of oil technique using extensive underpainting to create subtle effects and in 1885 Walton began work on 'A Daydream in the open air at Cockburnspath', which was Walton’s last large Realist picture before turning towards Whistler’s more subjective approach. In 1889 he received official recognition, being elected an Associate of Royal Scottish Academy and full member in 1905. From 1894 to 1904 he lived in Chelsea, a neighbour of Whistler (1834-1903) and Lavery (1856-1931), living at 73 Cheyne Walk and during his period in London, Walton often painted in Suffolk, making two holiday visits to Walberswick before taking a long-term lease on the Old Vicarage, Wenhaston, Suffolk. The Suffolk landscape was important to Walton and he painted pastoral scenes in oil and watercolour, the latter often on buff paper, with marvellously inventive use of bodycolour and watercolour. In 1904 the Waltons' returned to Scotland settling in Edinburgh but he continued to travel, painting regularly in Suffolk and abroad. In 1907 he visited Algiers and Spain with Guthrie and in 1913 worked in Belgium and in September 1908 there was a commission from historian and biographer John Bury (1861-1921) for an oil of his house, 9 Park Lane in Southwold's. It was to be a gift to his wife, whose portrait he also painted. In 1914 elected President of the RSW and during the First World War he discovered the Galloway landscape and became a regular visitor to the area. He died at Edinburgh on 18 March 1922, aged 62.

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