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).

Crawhall was thought by his father, a cultured man and an amateur artist, and by his father's close friend Charles Keene, a cartoonist working for Punch. After a period in Kings College London, he was introduced to E.A Walton through his brother Richard Walton who married his 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 30 miles North of Glasgow, and at Brig o'Turk in The Trossachs, forming a nucleus of the Glasgow School or Glasgow Boys. In 1882 he was sent to Paris to study under Aime Morot, the animal and battle-scene artist and keen advocat of drawing from memory. On returning in 1883 he joined the Group in Cockburnspath. The following year he made the first of his many visit to Marocco, staying with Lavery in Tangeer. Crawhall worked mainly in watercolour and pen-and-ink quick and perceptive drawings. He 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.

Page of sketches | pen and ink | 11x17cm