Joseph Crawhall was born in Morpeth, Northumberland in August 1861 and he specialised in painting animals and birds. His father, also called Joseph Crawhall ,was also an artist who undertook wood engraving, illustrating and other commercial artistic work, often at the same time as running the family ropery business.
Crawhall trained at King’s College London where he met E.A. Walton whose friendship brought him into contact with the group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys who included Arthur Melville, John Quinton Pringle, E.A. Hornel, George Henry, William York Macgregor and D.Y. Cameron.
1884-93 Frequent visits to Tangiers and Spain
1887-93 Member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)
1894 First one-man show at Alex Reid Gallery, Glasgow
1898-1913 Exhibited with the International Society
1909-13 Member of the New English Art Club (N.E.A.C.)
1912 Retrospective exhibition at W.B. Paterson’s Gallery
1913 Died 24 May
1961 Centenary exhibition at the Alex Reid Gallery
From 1898 Crawhall lived in Yorkshire, breeding horses
Sir William Burrell was one of Crawhall’s most enthusiastic patrons and purchased of 132 works, which now form part of the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
Joseph Crawhall. The Man and the Artist. Adrian Bury. Foreword by Sir Alfred Munnings, KCVO
Joseph Crawhall 1961-1913. One of the Glasgow Boys. Vivien Hamilton
Scottish Art 1460-1990. Duncan Macmillan
The Glasgow Boys. Roger Billcliffe