Unlike Father Unlike Son

Three generations of Crawhalls produced images in a diverse styles. The grandson, Joseph Crawhall (1861-1913)was painter, watercolorist with a very distinct approach. In the 1880s and 1890s, his work became associated with the Glasgow Boys. He was strongly influenced by the Impressionists, and, like them, his work was rejected by the Establishment, in his case in the form of the Royal Scottish Academy. He is most recognized for his animal pictures. The image above is The White Drake, 1895, National Gallery of Scotland.

The father, Joseph Crawhall(1821-1896), helped to run the family ropery along with making and designing his woodcuts and book production. He also had a great interest in music, landscape painting and fishing. This is shown by the first ever book he produced in 1859, 'The compleatest angling booke that euer was writ' which he illustrated and printed himself. His work was an inspiration to William Nicholson, one of the fantabulous Beggarstaff Brothers. Dover has a good collection of Crawhall's engravings which is on top of the pile on my desk. Like the Beggarstaffs, I think there is something in this to learn and emulate. More on Joseph Crawhill, the elder is here>
It is interesting that the son totally overshadows the father who has equal talents, just directed in a different way.

The Beggarstaff Brothers Pryde & Nicholson
Lyceum Don Quixote (from Maitres de l'affiche), 1897
11.375" x 15.75"