Artist, noted for his paintings of rural scenes. Born in Australia, the son of Scottish immigrants, the family returned to Kirkcudbright where Hornel grew up and settled. He trained at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh and worked for a time in Belgium. Hornel met George Henry (1858 - 1943) with whom he shared a studio and collaborated on work such as The Druids Bringing Home the Mistletoe (1890). The pair travelled to Japan, a trip which had a great influence on Hornel who went on to produce a series of paintings of Japan. Hornel became an early member of the influential group of painters known as the 'Glasgow Boys', which included Henry, James Guthrie (1859 - 1930), E.A. Walton (1860 - 1922) and John Lavery (1856 - 1941).