4 facts about John Ford Paterson

By Gwylym Owen

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John Ford Paterson (1851, Dundee – 30 June 1912, Carlton) was a Scottish-born Australian artist. He specialised in landscapes.

While nevertheless a teenager, he began his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and exhibited his first works shortly after turning twenty. In 1872, he followed his family to Melbourne, where he remained for three years, but returned to Scotland gone he found that the local art suggestion did not meet his needs for further development. Once back, he came below the move of the Glasgow School and held numerous exhibitions, in Liverpool and Manchester as capably as throughout Scotland. As his reputation grew, he was practiced to connect the prestigious Savage Club in London.

In 1884, he decided to return to Australia and, except for one rapid visit home, would remain there for the flaming of his life. It was next that he became primarily known as a landscape painter. Paterson renewed his friendship subsequently the Swiss-born landscape painter Louis Buvelot, one of the founders of the Heidelberg School (as in Heidelberg, Victoria), whose en plein air methods suited Paterson. Otherwise, his Romantic style was at odds in the spread of the more Impressionistic entrance of the Heidelbergers and his exhibitions with the group were and no-one else moderately successful.

Together with several other Famous artists, he broke away from the Victorian Academy of Art to help Make the Australian Art Association, which eventually joined with supplementary organizations to become the Victorian Artists Society. In 1902, Paterson became its President. In the similar year he was appointed a trustee of the public library, museums and National Gallery of Victoria.

During economic downturns, he would support himself by poultry farming. Although well-liked and outgoing, he never married and died, suddenly, at home.

His niece, Esther Paterson, was an illustrator and cartoonist and his nephew, Louis Esson, was a poet and playwright.

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