James Swinton Diston (1857-1940) was a Scottish artist who emigrated to Australia as a young man. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and became an accomplished watercolorist. Some of his early work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Scottish Academy. Diston moved to Australia in 1886 and became a prominent member of the Victoria Art Society, where he exhibited from 1914-1917. Most of Diston’s watercolors comprise of coastal scenes and rural landscapes he painted throughout his extensive travels around Australia, India and Europe. Later in his career he became a well-known art guide and lecturer. Diston visited Ceylon around 1910.