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E.A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas

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E.A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is a significant new book published to coincide with the first major retrospective of Hornel’s work for over 35 years. It features reproductions of 30 paintings and over 100 photographs, very few of which have appeared previously in print. The exhibition of the same name will run at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 7 November 2020–14 March 2021.

Photography was crucial for E. A. Hornel (1864–1933). From 1891 to the end of his career, he built up an extensive photographic collection that was key in making him a successful painter. By analysing this collection, we can examine his ways of working more closely and reveal the attitudes that lie behind his paintings. Of particular importance in this regard are the photographs he took or collected in Japan during his visit in 1893–94, and the experiences he had in the country.

In E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas, the contributors discuss Hornel's experiences in Japan in 1893–94, the photographs he collected there and the wider context in which he worked. By undertaking analysis of Hornel's Japanese photographs – as well as his wider photographic collection, his paintings, and his home of Broughton House – the authors explore how these elements subsequently affected everything from his way of painting to the design of his garden. The publication also contains chapters on Hornel’s trips to Sri Lanka and Myanmar, both of which would provide copious material for his art.

Ben Reiss studied at the University of St Andrews, and is the Morton Photography Project Curator at the National Trust for Scotland. His background in curation and collections management has been developed at Brooklands Museum, the Hunterian Museum and National Museums Scotland.

Antonia Laurence-Allen has a PhD in the History of Photography from the University of St Andrews. She has over twenty-five years’ experience working in the USA, Canada and Scotland as a curator and educator in the heritage and museum sectors.

Jennifer Melville studied at the Universities of Aberdeen, Manchester and Edinburgh, where she gained a PhD in 2000. Previously at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, she moved to the National Trust for Scotland in 2013.

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