William Louis Walton

WALTON, William Louis (1808?-1879) — London

Artist, landscape painter, engraver and lithographer. Produced Anthony Portington, To … the select vestry of the parish of Saint Pancras. This map of projected lines of roads 1829. Walton was one of the first artists to become prominent in the relatively new medium of lithography, often working in collaboration with Charles Joseph Hullmandel (see BME 2011), the foremost lithographic printer in the country. He also lithographed plates for George Alexander Hoskins, “Travels in Ethiopia, above the second cataract of the Nile” 1835, etc. Examples of his work are in many major collections.

Perhaps related to Joseph Fowell Walton (see BME 2011), although census returns make it clear that Walton was unsure of his exact place of birth (although probably Hackney) and even uncertain of his true age. His father’s name was given as Joseph (occupation naval officer) at the time of his marriage in 1843 and he was probably the William Walton born 18 Jun 1808, son of Joseph and Jane Walton, baptised at St. Matthew, Bethnal Green, 17 Jul 1808. Walton exhibited landscapes at the Royal Society of British Artists 1837-1840 and at the Royal Academy in 1855. He married Sophia Robinson Dent (1824-1907), the daughter of a corn-factor, at St. Olave, Hart Street, on 1 Jul 1843. In 1851, he was resident in Homerton with his wife and a daughter, Sophia Lucy Walton (1843-1920), with two more daughters, Edith Berengaria Constance (1855-1940), and Isabel Rowena (b.1858). He died 14 May 1879 and probate on an estate valued at under £200 was granted to his widow 7 Aug 1879.

Elizabeth’s Cottage, Fulham Lane, Hammersmith (home) — 1837
Great Hampton Street, Kennington — 1843
72 Lamb’s Conduit Street — 1845
High Street, Homerton — 1851
Fitzroy Square — 1857
1 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town — 1861-1863
2 Burghley Road, Kentish Town — 1871
119 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town — 1879

BM. Census 1851-1871. COPAC. Johnson (1975).

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