FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Manner of Sir Joseph Noel PATON FRSA
Title: "Ceres and Cupid"
Medium: Original Gouache on Paper
Framed Size: 23" X 19"
The Scottish artist, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, (13 December 1821 – 26 December 1901 Edinburgh), was born in Wooer's
Alley, Dunfermline, Fife, to Joseph Neil Paton and Catherine MacDiarmid, damask designers and weavers in the town.
He continued the family trade for a short time. He had strong artistic inclinations however and studied briefly at the
Royal Academy, London in 1843. He is the brother of Amelia Robertson Hill and Walter Hugh Paton. He also had one
brother, Archibald, and two sisters, Catherine and Alexia, who all died in childhood. Sir Joseph erected a monument on
the grave of his parents and dead siblings in later life, the grave was probably originally unmarked. It lies on the north
side of Dunfermline Abbey and is a distinctive red granite Celtic cross amongst other smaller sandstone. He painted in
the Pre-Raphaelite style and became a painter of historical, fairy, allegorical and religious subjects.
he first picture to be shown to the public was 'Ruth Gleaning' which was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1844.
He won a number of prizes for his work including for two of his most famous works The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania
(1846 – exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy) and The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania (1847 – Westminster
Hall), both of which are available to public view at the National Gallery of Scotland. Made an associate of the Royal
Scottish Academy in 1847 and a fellow in 1850. In 1858, he married Margaret Gourlay Ferrier and had seven children
(six sons and a daughter), the eldest being Diarmid Noel Paton (1859–1928) who became a regius professor of
physiology in Glasgow in 1906. His second son Frederick Noel Paton (b. 1861) was to become director of commercial
intelligence to the government of India (1905). In 1865, he was appointed Queen's Limner for Scotland. He also
published two volumes of poetry and produced a number of sculptures. Two years later he received the knighthood
and in 1878 was conferred the degree LL.D by the University of Edinburgh.
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