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British painter, born in London, grandson of one of the founders of Winsor & Newton, the firm of artists' colourmen. He left Clare College, Cambridge, after two years without taking a degree and then studied at various art colleges in London, including the School of Animal Painting in Kensington run by Frank Calderon (1865–1943). Newton specialized in urban views painted in a sombre, naturalistic style; his penchant for scenes involving waterways earned him the nickname ‘the Canaletto of the canals’ (The Surrey Canal, Camberwell, 1935, Tate).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)