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Cecile WALTON 1891 - 1956

Biography

Daughter of one of the ‘Glasgow Boys', E.A. Walton, Cecile was encouraged towards an artistic career by her family, and made her career primarily as a book illustrator. Among her influences were the illustrators Steinlen and Aubrey Beardsley, from whom she drew a more graphic style. She also was impressed by the Pre-Raphaelite artists, and while she did not adhere to their focus on aesthetics and beauty, the clarity and precision of her works has something in common with Pre-Raphaelite painting.

After undertaking studies in Edinburgh and across Northern Europe, on her return she became involved with the Edinburgh School of artists. At this point she embarked on her career in illustration, while simultaneously working on larger paintings, of which Irene as Cinderella is an example.