‘Come unto these Yellow Sands’ (Oil on Canvas, 5ft x 2ft 5ins) Exhibited RA, 1873
Panel 2 Walter Field (1837 – 1901)
Was born on 1st December 1837 at Windmill Hill, Hampstead, He was one of seven children, his father the lawyer Edwin Wilkins Field (1804-1871) was also an artist. After leaving University College School, London, Walter entered the Royal Academy, studying under John Rogers Herbert and the engraver John Pye. He enjoyed painting outdoor figure subjects and landscapes mainly in oils but later developed a skilful technique in watercolours. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1856 to 1901, showing 42 pictures, also exhibited at the Society of Painters in Watercolours, where he was elected an Associate. One of his paintings is hanging in the Louvre, Paris.
Come unto these Yellow Sands was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1873, three of his seven children appear in the painting. Arthur, the youngest, seen to the left in the picture came to live in Swanage, buying the Old Watch House, in 1927. The painting was also used by Southern Railways to advertise the beaches on the South Coast for health and pleasure.
Walter Field was an advocate for nature and was chief founder of the Hampstead Heath Protection Society, a drinking fountain is placed there in his memory.