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A Daydream 1885

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Walton's skilful brushwork has created a remarkable sense of immediacy and realism in this depiction of the two children resting on a leafy river bank. The picture was Walton's first large scale painting and his first treatment of an outdoor theme in which figures dominate the composition. It reflects the influence of the French painters Millet and Bastien-Lepage in its subject and restrained tones. He began painting the work outside at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire and completed it in Helensburgh in 1885. It was exhibited at the Glasgow Institute in 1887 and favourably reviewed.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Glasgow Institute

The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1861 with the aim of organising exhibitions of contemporary art. It continues to do so today, hosting exhibitions at the Kelly Gallery and organising a major annual exhibition which, throughout its history, has often been held at the city's McLellan Galleries.


Used generally for art that attempts to represent things as they appear. It specifically refers to a mid-19th century movement in France, led by Gustave Courbet, that rejected the sometimes obscure subject matter of academic painting in favour of more accessible scenes of everyday life.

Composition, Glasgow Institute, Realism


  • Acc. No. NG 2702
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 139.70 x 116.80 cm (framed: 177.20 x 154.30 x 9.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund 1999