I came across Edward Theodore Compton’s work the other day. I’m surprised he eluded me until now.
I’ll keep this one brief. Sometimes, it’s better to just sit back and admire. Here are key points about his life:
- A man of many titles: landscape painter, illustrator, climber, and art teacher to his children.
- He studied briefly at London’s Royal Academy but was mostly self-taught.
- Regarding his climbing, he made around 300 major ascents and at least 27 first ascents.
- His children, Edward Harrison, Dora, and Marion also painted. You can see his son’s work here. I was unable to find much on Dora or Marion.
I’ll walk you through some of my personal favorites of Compton’s work, starting with Ödenwinklkees with the Johannisberg (below). Paintings like this make me want to take up watercolors. A pleasant contrast between intricate detail and sweeping color washes. Small bursts of saturated color. And four people to give a sense of the mountain’s grand scale.