Ernest Parton was a landscape painter. His elder brother Arthur Parton (1842-1914) was also an artist and his younger brother Henry Woodbridge Parton (1858-1933) a flower painter.
Parton studied under his elder brother. He came to Britain in 1873, and exhibited from 1874 in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, a society which appointed JW its President in 1886. In 1879 his large landscape The Waning of the Year (exh. R.A. 1879) was bought for the Tate Gallery by the Chantrey Bequest, and Woodland Home was purchased for the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1883 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He also lived in France and travelled in Italy and Switzerland.
Parton was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#05635).
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