Edward Atkinson Hornel's father, a Scot, brought him to Scotland from Australia in 1866. He began to study in Edinburgh in 1881, but two years later he left to work in Antwerp for two years with Verlat. He returned to Scotland in 1885. He travelled to Japan in 1893 and 1894, then settled in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He first exhibited at the Edinburgh Exhibition in 1883, and also showed his work at the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1890. He was a member of the International Society of Painters and Engravers and an associate member of the New Gallery.
Edward Atkinson Hornel paintings are mainly of landscapes and flora, with children. His speciality was executing young girls in idyllic landscapes often surrounded by flora and fauna and occasionally with butterflies. His work is highly collected and he is considered as one of the most important "Glasgow Boys". Hornel's paintings are incredibly unique and identifiable from afar.
2005, Painting at the Edge: Britain's Coastal Art Colonies (1880-1930), Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Cornwall
1982, Fine Art Society, Glasgow
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Bradford (Cartwright Hall AG): The Pool (1904, oil on canvas)
Edinburgh (Scottish Nat. Gal.): The Music of the Woods (1906, oil on canvas)
Glasgow (AG and Mus.): The Coming of Spring (1899, oil on canvas)
Glasgow (Hunterian AG, University of Glasgow): Music, or Two Figures in a Landscape (1889, oil on canvas); Gathering Primroses (1901, oil on canvas)
Greenock (McLean Mus. and AG): Spring (1903, oil on canvas); Primrose Time (1910, oil on canvas)
Harrogate (Mercer AG): Portrait of an Old Man in Scarlet Tunic (1881, oil on canvas)
Leeds (City AG): Tamil Water Carriers (1909, oil on canvas); Springtime (1904, oil on canvas)
Liverpool (Lady Lever AG): The Captive Butterfly (1905, oil on canvas)
Liverpool (Walker AG): Summer (1891, oil on canvas)
London (Tate Collection): Autumn (1904, oil on canvas)
Edward Atkinson Hornel Paintings