He first made his mark as a painter with the oil painting Dawn (now in the possession of John Singer Sargent, RA), originally shown at Deschamps’ gallery in 1879. Much of his best work appeared at the exhibitions of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, of which he was elected associate in 1871 and member in 1876. He succeeded Sir James Linton as president in 1898. From 1875 to 1882, his contributions to the Academy were mainly portraits, including that of Duncan McLaren MP, a replica of which is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. During his trip to Italy in 1882 he visited Capri and painted a beautiful picture of the Gardens of Augustus and Mount Solaro. As early as 1883, he was elected with Macbeth to the associateship, and he became academician in 1898, after the completion and exhibition of his Boulter’s Lock: Sunday Afternoon, a work which hardly justified the years of elaboration spent upon it.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 101.6 x 127.0 cm/40.0 x 50.0 ins
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas