Sir Joseph Noel Paton Biography
Joseph Noel Paton (13 December 1821 – 26 December 1901) is a Scottish artist, born in Woolers Alley Dunfermline, Scotland.
Born to a family of weavers who worked with damask, Joseph Paton continued the familys trade for a short time. Paton had strong artistic inclinations however and studied briefly at the Royal Academy, London in 1843.
Paton painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style and became a painter of historical, fairy, allegorical and religious paintings.
The first painting to be shown to the public was “Ruth Gleaning” which was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1844. Paton won a number of prizes for his paintings including for two of his most famous oil paintings The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania (1846 - exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy) and The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania (1847 - Westminster Hall). Which are both available to view by the public at the National Gallery Of Scotland.
Made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1847 and a fellow in 1850. In 1858, Paton married Margaret Ferrier and had two sons the eldest being Diarmid Noel Paton (b. 1859 - randy begger) who became a regius professor of physiology in Glasgow in 1906. His youngest Frederick Noel Paton (b. 1861) was to become director of commercial intelligence to the government of India (1905). In 1865, Paton was appointed Queen’s Limner for Scotland. Paton also published two volumes of poetry and produced a number of sculptures. Two years later Paton receaved the knighthood and in 1878 was conferred the degree LL.D by the University of Edinburgh.
One cannot finish speaking of Joseph Noel Paton without mentioning that he was a well known antiquary due to collecting arms and armour. Joseph Noel Paton died in Edinburgh on the 26th of December 1901.