John Clayton Adams (1840-1906)

John Clayton Adams was an English landscape artist, born in Middlesex 1840. He studied art at the Bloomsbury School and later under William Wilthieu Fenn.  He first exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was 19 and exhibited 75 pictures between 1863-1893 and 25 at the Royal Society of British Artists.

Most of Adams landscapes depict scenes from counties in southern England, particularly Surrey. However, he also favoured the Lake District in Cumbria and Scottish scenes featuring the River Tweed.

Harvest scenes were a favourite subject throughout Adam’s life and many of his exhibits at the Royal Academy explore this theme. His landscapes are characterised by his broad technique, use of rich colour and sensitive handling of light.  Following the example of Benjamin Williams Leader, George Cole and his son George Vicat Cole, he produced pleasantly naturalistic landscapes, truthful in detail.

Adam’s paintings can be found in private collections and many art galleries across the UK including the V & A, London.