Joseph Noel Paton

Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1821 to 1901, was a Scottish artist, illustrator and sculptor. He was also a poet and had a deep seated interest in, and knowledge of, Scottish folklore and Celtic legends. The invitation to be an official member of the Brotherhood was turned down by Paton although he painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style. During his short spell in London, Paton became acquainted with Samuel Carter Hall, editor of The Art Journal, and he commissioned Paton to design some of the illustrations for his 1842 book The Book of British Ballads. Other commissions to design book illustrations included the 1844 edition of Shelley's lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound, an 1845 publication of Shakespeare's The Tempest and an 1863 version of Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In 1844 Paton's first painting Ruth Gleaning was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy.He won a number of prizes for his work including for two of his most famous works The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania and The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania in 1847. An earlier study of the Quarrel painting was completed in 1846 and featured as Paton's diploma picture at the Royal Scottish Academy that year. The Academy purchased the earlier work for £700. Made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1847 and a fellow in 1850. 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. Paton was also a well known antiquary, whose speciality was arms and armour. He died in Edinburgh on 26 December 1901
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