This work is arguably Walton's greatest watercolour and played a key role in establishing his European reputation: in 1890 it was included in the second International Art Exhibition in Munich where the artist won a gold medal.
A Herd Boy by Edward Arthur Walton, 1886
© Scottish National Gallery
- Watercolour with gouache and scraping out on paper
- 53.5 x 57 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £25,000 ( Total: £80,000)
- Acquired in:
- Andrew McIntosh Patrick through the Fine Art Society
Walton was a member of 'The Glasgow Boys', who popularised working in an almost impressionistic style in their oil paintings and watercolours. He especially drew inspiration from the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage who was renowned for his depictions of peasant figures.
James Alexander; Sotheby's, 1984; Fine Art Society; NG Lu Pat Collection; Andrew Patrick McIntosh collection.