Hornel

Hornel

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Bill Smith’s richly illustrated book is the first biography of Edward Atkinson Hornel, an artist who was one of the foremost of the Glasgow Boys. Hornel was born in Bacchus Marsh in Australia in July 1864. He and his family moved to Kirkcudbright in Galloway in 1866 from whence the family had originated. Other than during student days, he was to call Kirkcudbright home for the rest of his life. Broughton House in High Street, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, became his eventual residence.

Hornel is perhaps best known for his paintings of children playing in woods carpeted by flowers or by the sea shore. However his early work placed him at the forefront of progressive painting and led to international acclaim. He was widely travelled and his work much influenced by a trip to Japan with friend and fellow artist George Henry.

Bill Smith’s monograph not only records Hornel full and rich life but also secures his reputation as one of Scotland’s most important artists.

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