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Edward Atkinson Hornel

Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - Street Scene.tokyo by Edward Atkinson Hornel

Street Scene. Tokyo

Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - The Balcony. Yokohama by Edward Atkinson Hornel

The Balcony. Yokohama

Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - A Spring-time Rondeley by Edward Atkinson Hornel

A Spring-time Rondeley

Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - Summer by Edward Atkinson Hornel


Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - Blowing The Dandelion by Edward Atkinson Hornel

Blowing The Dandelion

Edward Atkinson Hornel Painting - The Bluebell Wood by Edward Atkinson Hornel

The Bluebell Wood

Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) was a Scottish painter of landscapes, flowers, and foliage, with children. He was a cousin of James Hornell.

He was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria Australia, on 17 July 1864 of Scottish parents, and he was brought up and lived practically all his life in Scotland after his family moved back to Kirkcudbright in 1866.[1] He studied for three years at the art school at Edinburgh, and for two years at Antwerp under Professor Verlat. Returning from Antwerp in 1885, he met George Henry and associated himself with the Glasgow Boys.

Hornel and Henry collaborated upon The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe (1890), a procession of druidic priests bringing in the sacred mistletoe, gorgeous with polychrome and gold. The two worked side by side to achieve decorative splendor of color, Hornel boldly and freely employing texture effects produced by loading and scraping, roughening, smoothing, and staining. In 1893–94 the two artists spent a year and a half in Japan, where Hornel learned much about decorative design and spacing. Towards the close of the nineties his colors, while preserving their glow and richness, became more refined and more atmospheric, and his drawing more naturalistic, combining sensuous appeal with emotional and poetic significance. In 1901 he declined election to the Royal Scottish Academy. A member of Glasgow Art Club, Hornel exhibited in the club's annual exhibitions.[2][3]

In 1901 he acquired Broughton House, a townhouse and garden in Kirkcudbright, which was his main residence for the rest of his life with his sister Elizabeth.[4] There he made several modifications to the house and designed garden taking inspiration from his travels in Japan. he also made an addition of a gallery for his paintings.[5] On his death the house and library were donated for the benefit of the citizens and Broughton House is now administered by the National Trust for Scotland.

There are examples of his works in the museums of Aberdeen, Buffalo, St. Louis, Toronto, Montreal, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, Bath, and Liverpool.

The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe

The Earth's Awakening


Seashore Roses (detail)


McConkey, Kenneth; Robins, Anna Gruetzner (1995). Impressionism in Britain. Yale University Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-300-06334-9. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
Glasgow Herald article 4 December 1909 ‘’The Glasgow Art Club – Interesting Exhibition’’ Retrieved 2011-08-17
Glasgow Herald article 3 March 1923 ‘’ Glasgow Art Club - a notable spring show’’ Retrieved 2011-08-17
Broughton House


External links

Twenty-five images of his works, and details of books about the artist
Biographical entry, Gazetteer for Scotland
'‘The Veriest Poem of Art in Nature’: E. A. Hornel’s Japanese Garden in the Scottish Borders' by Ysanne Holt
Broughton House, the National Trust for Scotland
Hornel at Exploreart

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

Tribute to James Hornell [1]


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