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Joseph Crawhall, 1861 - 1913. Artist 1884

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Walton's small-scale portrait of his friend Joseph Crawhall shows him in a studio, a clay pipe in one hand, leaning against the back of a canvas. Bullfighting posters are attached to the canvas which is propped against another depicting a bull-fight. They allude to several of Crawhall's artistic preoccupations: Spain, Morocco and animals. The two artists met through Walton's brother Richard who married Crawhall's sister Judith. Walton's main interest was landscape painting but he was also a gifted portraitist and makes humorous reference to contemporary stylistic labelling in his inscription: 'Joe Crawhall the impressionist by E.A.Walton the realist'.

Glossary Open


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.


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.

Impressionism, Realism


  • Acc. No. PG 971
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 87.50 x 50.00 x 5.70 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs A.E. Walton 1924