* 1849 London
† 1921 Feldafing
As a self-taught Compton 1863 begins with the first nature studies, visits art schools in England and finally goes to Germany. First settled in Darmstadt, he moved in 1869 to Munich. Since 1874 Compton lives in Feldafing on Lake Starnberg.
The travel impressions of the Bernese Oberland captivate him so much that the Alpine landscape becomes his favorite motif. Further travels to Switzerland, to Tyrol, to Spain, Corsica, North Africa and Norway follow. Compton makes a name for himself with his works of the “Forum Romanum” (1877), “Matterhorn” (1880) and “The Summiteers” (1888).
Compton can be associated with its light-flooded landscapes the Impressionists. In addition to his oil paintings are many watercolors and drawings, which are often found in the literature of the German and Austrian Alpine Association. Numerous works have been published as xylographs in the magazines “Über Land und Meer”, in the “Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitschrift” and in the “Meisterwerken der Holzschneidekunst”.
With his works Compton exerts a great influence on other alpine painters such as Ernst Heinrich Platz and Karl Arnold. Even his children Dora and Edward Harrison Compton continue the path of their father as a mountain painter.