Joseph Crawhall

Scottish (1861 - 1913)
Joseph Crawhall The White Drake About 1895


Born 1861
Died 1913
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Morpeth
Death place London

Crawhall's sensitive watercolours of animals and birds conveyed their individual character and nobility. His avoidance of the cloying sentimentality favoured by many Victorian painters reflected his deep respect for creatures whose undemanding company he enjoyed. Crawhall, who was from Northumberland, met fellow artist E.A.Walton through his brother-in-law, and became one of the so-called Glasgow Boys. Crawhall trained briefly in Paris but found painting with Walton, Guthrie and Melville far more significant for his artistic development. He was further inspired by visits to Spain and North Africa and his later works reflect his admiration for Japanese art.

Glossary terms

  • A loose grouping of painters working in Glasgow in the late 19th century. Though there was no overall style or formal membership, they did exhibit together and shared an interest in rural scenes. Artists included John Lavery, Joseph Crawhall and James Guthrie.

  • A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.