Sir Joseph Noel Paton Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 11821-1901
British Pre-Raphaelite Painter
Joseph Noel Paton (13 December 1821 - 26 December 1901) was a Scottish artist, born in Woolers Alley, Dunfermline, Fife.
Born to a family of weavers who worked with damask, Joseph continued the families trade for a short time. He had strong artistic inclinations however and studied briefly at the Royal Academy, London in 1843.
He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style and became a painter of historical, fairy, allegorical and religious subjects.
The 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). Which are both available to view by the public 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 Ferrier and had two sons the eldest being Diarmid Noel Paton (1859 - 1928) who became a regius professor of physiology in Glasgow in 1906. His youngest 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 receaved the knighthood and in 1878 was conferred the degree LL.D by the University of Edinburgh.
One cannot finish speaking of Sir Noel without mentioning that he was a well known antiquary due to collecting arms and armour. He died in Edinburgh on the 26th of December 1901.
He receives a mention in Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy. In the 'Happy Warriors' chapter, Ivor Claire visits Cape Town Art Gallery and sees "two remarkable Noel Patons".
15 Paintings of Joseph Noel Paton
Hesperus, the Evening Star, Sacred to Lovers
The Bluidie Tryst
Dante's Dream, from the 'Divine Comedy'
Oberon and the Mermaid
How an Angel Rowed Sir Galahad Across Dern Mere
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania
The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania
Dawn: Luther at Erfurt
Puck and Fairies, from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Fairies on a Shell
Study of a Fairy
The Seizure of Roger de Mortimer in Nottingham ...
The Fairy Queen
The Fairy Raid: Carrying off a Changeling - ...