Joseph Crawhall

(1861 Morpeth, Northumberland - 1913 London)


He was a natural artist of unusual talent and must rank, along with Arthur Melville, as one of the most significant watercolorist of his generation in Scotland. (J. Halsby, Scottish Watercolours 1740 - 1940, B.T. Batsford Ltd 1989).

He was trained by his father, a cultured man and an amateur artist, and by his father's close friend Charles Keene, a cartoonist. After a period in Kings College London, he was introduced to E.A Walton through his brother Richard Walton who married Crawhall's sister. Crawhall moved to Glasgow to continue his art studies, and there he met James Guthrie. In 1880 Guthrie, Walton and Crawhall worked together at Garelochside and at Brig o'Turk, forming a nucleus of the Glasgow School, also called Glasgow Boys. In 1882 he was sent to Paris to study under Time Morot, the animal and battle-scene artist. On returning in 1883 he was gain with the Group in Cockburnspath. The following year he made of his many visit to Marocco, staying with his friend Lavery in his villa in Tangeer. Crawhall worked mainly in watercolour and in pen and ink, cartoon style drawing. Throughout his life he retained a love for the art of cartoon - quick, perceptive sketching in pen-and-ink. (...) not unlike the later witty sketches of Matisse and Marquet. Crawhall also used a cartoonist's technique for some of his hunting scenes in which strong black outlines are filled in with flat areas of wash. (Halsby 1989)

Page of sketches, pen and ink 11x17cm