About this artwork

J. G. Bartholomew was born in Edinburgh and on his father’s retirement in 1889 he took control of the family’s illustrious firm of map-engravers and publishers. As well as publishing important physical and statistical maps, Bartholomew was responsible for initiating the production of ‘The Times Survey Atlas of the World’. However, he did not live to see it published in 1922. His interest in the development of the geographical sciences led Bartholomew to help found the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 1884. This portrait was painted to commemorate him receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 1909 and shows him in his robe with set of compasses and a globe, symbolising his activities.

  • title: John George Bartholomew, 1860 - 1920. Cartographer
  • accession number: PG 1994
  • artist: Edward Arthur WaltonScottish (1860 - 1922)
  • depicted: John George Bartholomew
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Travel
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1911
  • measurements: 137.20 x 111.70 cm (framed: 144 x 180 x 8cm)
  • credit line: Mrs Bartholomew Gift 1962
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Edward Arthur Walton

Edward Arthur Walton

Walton and his artist friends formed a group known as the Glasgow Boys. They were inspired by developments in landscape painting in France and sought to explore the natural effects of light in the open air through painting Scottish rural subjects. Walton spent a year in Dusseldorf and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, but gained most experience working with his friends at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire and Cambuskenneth, Stirling. He specialised in landscapes and portraits. He settled with his family in Edinburgh in 1904 after a successful decade in London. Walton was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1905.