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Paton, Sir Joseph Noel, LL.D., was born in 1821 at Dunfermline. He studied at the Royal Academy, London, and in 1845 gained, with his Spirit of Religion, one of the three premiums awarded in the Westminster Hall competition. In 1850 he became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy. Chief among his other pictures are The Pursuit of Pleasure (1855), Dawn - Luther at Erfurt (1861), Faith and Reason (1871), and Lux in Tenebris (1879). He also illustrated The Ancient Mariner, The Water Babies, and Lags of the Scottish Cavaliers, and published two volumes of poems. He was knighted in 1867.