The Cloak of Friendship

WAG 5052


Cecile Walton was born into a highly artistic family. Her father, Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), was a painter and a member of the New English Art Club and of the Royal Scottish Academy. He was a pivotal figure in the art scene in Glasgow between 1885 and 1895. Cecile Walton studied in London, Edinburgh, Paris and Florence and worked mainly in Edinburgh, producing oil and watercolour paintings, illustrations, drawings, and sculptures, while also being involved in theatrical design. She started exhibiting aged 18 and continued to exhibit until her death. Her works demonstrate her interest in mythical themes and legend. This early drawing particularly reflects the influence of the Aesthetic movement and the Glasgow School. She was later a key figure in Edinburgh's Symbolist movement.