WALTON, (Norman) Allan

1891 - 1948

Allan Walton

Born Norman Allan Walton at Cheadle Hume, Cheshire on 20 October 1891, youngest of the four children of Allan Walton, a cotton bleacher, dyer & finisher, and his wife Rebecca Anne, née Sykes, who married in 1877. His father died in 1895 and in 1901, a 9 year old living at Holly Villa, Cheadle with two of his older siblings, 18 year old Ada Beatrice and 11 year old Allan Roger, his mother was absent. Educated at Harrow and in 1911, a 19 year old 'architect' living at Netherlea, Bramhall Lane, Bramhall near Stockport with his 54 year old widowed mother, Rebecca Anne and siblings, Rebecca Mary 30, Ada Beatrice 28 and Allan Roger 21, a 'bleacher'. He abandoned his architectural studies and learnt to paint under Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) in Cornwall then at the Slade School of Fine Art 1913-1916 and then at Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and finally at the Westminster School of Art under Walter Sickert (1860-1942). A painter of still life, landscape and seascapes and had his first solo show at Beaux Arts Gallery in 1928 and another followed at Arthur Tooth and Son in 1933 and had mixed shows at London Group, of which he was elected a member in 1925, Wertheim Gallery; Leicester Galleries and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Sally Hunter Fine Art held several exhibitions of his work in the mid 1980's. In 1931, with brother Allan Roger Walton (1889-1949), set up Allan Walton Textiles which pioneered new ground in printed cloth designs and promoted designs by his London Group colleagues, notably Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and Vanessa Bell (1879-1961). The decorative textile designs which Walton's firm produced are considered to be among the finest of their type, and Walton was elected one of the first Royal Designers for Industry. He became associated with the Bloomsbury Group and supplied all the textiles for Maynard Keynes's rooms at King's College Cambridge but the firm closed on the outbreak of the Second World War. He had a country house by the sea, and seascapes with yachts figure prominently in his work he also painted in the South of France where villas with overgrown gardens and terraces were frequent subjects. In 1939, an unmarried artist, designer and director of a textile firm, living at Hill House, Shotley, near Ipswich with a housekeeper. He exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1941 two works 'Bawdsey Shrimper' and 'Pre-War', another in 1942 'The Deben at Woodbridge' and two oils in 1943 'The Deben' and 'The Orwell'. Walton was director of Glasgow School of Art 1943-1945 and in 1948 appointed professor of design at the Royal College of Art but died before he could take up the position. He died at St Pancras, London in 1948, aged 57.




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