William Tatton Winter

William Tatton Winter, RBA (English) 1855 – 1928
Pont Aven, Brittany, watercolor, signed/ inscribed l/l, 14.75″ x 9.75″ unframed

Pont Aven, Brittany, watercolor, signed/ inscribed.
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Estimate: $350. Offers invited.

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Very good condition. The watercolor shows some mild fadingand there is a light foxing in the sky area, most noticeably to the right of the building on the left. The back of the original frame included an old framer’s stamp from Claydon, Braemars, Mount St., Megavissey, Cornwall. Purchased from a London gallery in 2005.

William Tatton Winter was born at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. His original surname was Winterbottom but he later shortened it to avoid confusion with another northern artist. He was largely brought up by his mother as his father went to America to make his fortune and was killed fighting for the Northern side in the Civil War. His mother made a living from a second hand clothes stall in Ashton under Lyne Market. William showed an early talent for drawing but when he left school he had to take a job in an iron foundry and later as a lather boy in a barber’s. He studied art in the evenings and later, in the 1870s, attended Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

Tatton Winter initially specialised in black and white work and had a reputation for the careful portrayal of detail. This made him good at scientific illustration. His work came to the attention of the geologist Sidney B. Skertchley who lived in Wrythe Lane, Carshalton. He commissioned some drawings and invited Tatton Winter to visit him. Tatton Winter liked the area and, in 1883, he rented rooms in a house in North Street. When, three year later, he married Edith Constance Fox, the daughter of a Yorkshire solicitor, they moved into a house in Camden Road, Carshalton, but Tatton Winter kept his rooms in North Street to use as a studio.

During his years in Carshalton he made his living by painting and teaching. Beginning in his early days in Lancashire, he made numerous short painting trips to Europe, mostly to France and the Low Countries. He moved to Reigate about 1897 where he continued to paint and where he died in 1926.

Tatton Winter was a genial man who had many friends. His reputation is founded on the many water-colours he produced; attractive paintings that show many local sites in the 1880s and 1890s when Carshalton was still a village in open countryside.

From 1889, Tatton Winter exhibited at the RA, the Paris Salon, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dudley Gallery Art Society, Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, New Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists who elected him a member in 1896 and Walker’s Gallery. In 1902 Tatton Winter was elected a member of the London Sketch Club and also showed at the Croydon Art Society. In 1924, he was one of the artists chosen to provide a miniature painting for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, now at Windsor Castle. The London Borough of Sutton contains an impressive number of paintings and drawings by William Tatton Winter and an oil painting by him is in the collection of the Mercer Art Gallery. There are several Tatton Winter paintings on display in Honeywood Museum, Carshalton.

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– from Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950
 by Grant M. Waters:
“Landscape painter, often in water-colour. Born at Ashton-under-Lyne. At an early age entered business in Manchester, and in the evenings studied at the Board School classes and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. He took up art full-time, and visited Holland and Belgium, where he studied under Verlat at the Antwerp Academy. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1889, also at the Paris Salon and in Munich. In 1902 he was elected a member of the London Sketch Club. He lived at Reigate and painted many scenes in Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Died on 22nd March 1928.”

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