Walton's skilful brushwork has created a remarkable sense of immediacy and realism in this depiction of the two children resting on a leafy river bank. The picture was Walton's first large scale painting and his first treatment of an outdoor theme in which figures dominate the composition. It reflects the influence of the French painters Millet and Bastien-Lepage in its subject and restrained tones. He began painting the work outside at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire and completed it in Helensburgh in 1885. It was exhibited at the Glasgow Institute in 1887 and favourably reviewed.


  • Title: A Daydream
  • Creator: Edward Arthur Walton
  • Date Created: 1885
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 139.70, w 116.80 cm
  • Credit Line: Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund 1999
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Genre
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Topic: Grass, hat, boots

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