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THE ART JOURNAL. 255 OBITUARY. FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A.The death of this young ancl accomplished painter occurred at St. Fillans, Perthshire, Scotland, on the 4th of June. Although only thirty years of age, Mr. Walker had achieved distinction in three departments of Art, namely, as a designer on wood, a painter in water-colours and in oil. His first effort as an artist was as a designer on wood, but his achievements in that specialty have been almost forgotten, owing to his greater success in oil-painting and water-colour drawing. From the first he showed rare genius in his designs for wood-en- graving, of which some of the best and widely known are the illus- trations for Thackerays stories in the Cornh.UL At once, it may be said, he became the leader of a school and an object of imitation among young men of kindred feelings but inferior powers. The rapidity of his rise to reputation in water-colour painting was even more remarkable, and, after his election to the old Water-Colour Society, he rose to the highest position in its distinguished ranks. His drawings were always eagerly sought for by the most critical; and no matter how apparently trivial might be the subjectthe humble street in Cookham, in whose churchyard he was buried, with its low red brick cottages, and a flock of geese driven along; a Thames village, bridge, and landing-place, with its wherries and punts, its evening loungers and homeward-bound oarsmen, its sail- ing swans, with the evening light upon their plumage; a child and its mother in a spring orchard, among …
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