Waller Hugh Paton, R.S.A., R.S.W. (1828-1895) (lots 69-80)
Waller Hugh Paton, younger brother of Sir Joseph Noel Paton, was a prolific and successful landscape artist working in both oil and watercolour. As a youth he assisted his father in damask design. In 1848 he took watercolour lessons from John Houston, R.S.A. and began painting in earnest. He exhibited annually at the Royal Scottish Academy (1851-95), and at the Royal Academy (1860-80). In 1862 he was commissioned by Queen Victoria to make a drawing of Holyrood Palace.
On a visit to London in 1860, Paton is reported to have studied Turner's work avidly. He compares to Turner at his most Claudean, in that whilst he is attentive to atmospheric effects, his works possess a classical stillness, heightened by a high degree of finish - as seen in the present lots.