• A Wooded Stream, Arran -
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    signed lower left: Arran/19.th Sept. 1855/W.H. Paton

    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on brown paper

    27 by 38.1cm., 10 1/2 by 15 inches

     

    Paton was born in Dunfermline, the son of a damask designer, for whom he worked as an assistant before becoming a pupil of J.A. Houston. As a young man, his family, including his brother the artist Sir Joseph Noel Paton, often spent summer holidays on Arran, where they would sketch. There is a tradition on Arran that `Paton?s numerous landscapes so contributed to the popularity of the island for holiday makers, that he was allowed free lodging at the main hotel in Brodick? (see June Baxter, Waller Hugh Paton: a Scottish Landscape Painter, 1992). Ruskin and Millais were both friends of his brother Noel and Paton has been described as the leading exponent of the Pre-Raphaelite landscape in Scotland. He exhibited views of Arran at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1854

     

    Provenance:

    J.S. Maas & Co., London;

    Bought by Sir David Scott (1887-1986), January 1974 for ?130;

    By family descent until 2008

  • A Willow Tree at Hermitage -
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    signed lower left: W.H. Paton and inscribed lower right: Hermitage/2d May 1861

    watercolour over black chalk heightened with bodycolour on brown paper

    34.7 by 23.7cm., 13 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches

     

    This is probably a view on the Hermitage of Braid, an area of natural beauty just south of the city of Edinburgh as Paton was living there at this date. It was designated a nature reserve in 1993

     

    Provenance:

    J.S. Maas & Co., London;

    Bought by Sir David Scott (1887-1986), 23rd June 1969 for ?126;

    By family descent until 2008

     

    Exhibited:

    London, J.S. Maas & Co., High Art and Homely Scenes, 1969, no.87

  • A Gate on a Path, Arran -
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    Signed lower left: Arran/5th August 1864/Waller H. Paton

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on oatmeal paper

    Sheet 27.3 by 38.6 cm., 10 ¾ by 15 in.

     

    Paton was born in Dunfermline, the son of a damask designer, for whom he worked as an assistant before becoming a pupil of J.A. Houston. As a young man, his family, including his brother the artist Sir Joseph Noel Paton, often spent summer holidays on Arran, where they would sketch. There is a tradition on Arran that `Paton’s numerous landscapes so contributed to the popularity of the island for holiday makers, that he was allowed free lodging at the main hotel in Brodick’ (see June Baxter, Waller Hugh Paton: a Scottish Landscape Painter, 1992). Ruskin and Millais were both friends of his brother Noel and Paton has been described as the leading exponent of the Pre-Raphaelite landscape in Scotland. He exhibited views of Arran at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1854. A view of a stream on Arran inscribed ` Arran/19.th Sept. 1855’  was with Guy Peppiatt Fine Art in 2009 (see 18th and 19th Century British Drawings and Watercolours, exhibition catalogue, 2009, no.44).
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