Joseph E Crawhall RSW

Study of Swans

1861-1913

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Price: POA

Medium: Charcoal

Size without frame: 8x10.5 in

Scottish by association rather than birth.  Taught to draw from memory by his father, a Lord Mayor of Newcastle and close friend of Charles Keene of Punch.  After schooling in London, he studied art for a short time in Paris under Aime Morot, the apostle of painting from memory, before returning to Scotland.  Worked at Brig o’Turk with James Guthrie, E A Walton and George Henry.  Most of his paintings are watercolour on silk or linen, his favourite subjects being horses, dogs, animals and birds.  His technique of rapid wash drawings has often been compared to Oriental calligraphics.  Lived for many years in Tangier visiting there with Edward Alexander.  Later settled in Brandsby, Yorkshire.  Throughout his comparatively short life, his output was small.  He was a perfectionist, ruthlessly destroying work that failed to reach his self-imposed standard.  A lifelong horseman and huntsman.

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