The Beaver Hat

EDWARD ARTHUR WALTON RSA, PRSW (1860-1922) Biography
GLASGOW BOYS (c.1878-c.1900)

The Beaver Hat (Scotland, c.1912)

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Oil on canvas
Signed

Dimensions

200.50cm high
106.50cm wide
(78.94 inches high)
(41.93 inches wide)
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Provenance

The Fine Art Society;
The family of the artist

Exhibition History

Liverpool, Autumn Exhibition, 1923;
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Carnegie Institute

Description / Expertise

On grounds of dress this portrait may be dated to the years immediately before the First World War. The formula of the painting derives from Whistler’s standing female portraits of the late 1870s and 1880s. Amongst the paintings by Whistler which were shown at the Royal Scottish Academy each year from 1899 to 1904 were The Fur Jacket and Mrs. Louis Huth either one of which may have remained in Walton’s mind as an image if in fact he saw them in Edinburgh, and perhaps provided the first idea for his portrait of ten years later.