Walter Wallor Caffyn specialised in painting landscapes, in particular harvesting and river scenes.
He lived for many years at Dorking in Surrey. Like so many of his contemporaries, Caffyn was attracted to Surrey because of its woodland, rolling hills and picturesque cottages. Caffyn enjoyed painting these scenes in a natural style, similar to that of Henry Parker (though Caffyn uses a more dramatic range of colours) enriching his paintings with touches of warm reds, yellows and browns.
Walter Caffyn exhibited at the Royal Academy for over twenty years from 1876 until the year before his death in 1897. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists (Suffolk Street) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Caffyn specialised in painting views of Surrey and Sussex, but he did make intermittent excursions to Yorkshire. Caffyn’s paintings were popular with his contemporaries and he painted several canvases for the angling painter H. L. Rolfe.