He was the youngest son of Edwin Wilkinsfield by his second wife, Leticia Kinder, and was born on December 1, 1837 in Windmill Hill, Hamstead. He was a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell. After being educated at the University College School in London, he was taught painting at Chiaroscuro by John Rogers Herbert and the sculptor John Pai. He made art his profession, painting outdoor themes and landscapes, especially the landscape of the Thames countryside, often enlivened by well-painted figures. He also made some portraits. At first he worked chiefly in oil, but subsequently executed many drawings in watercolour. His landscapes and coast scenes show skilful technique.
Between 1856 and 1901 he exhibited at the Old Water Colour Society (Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours), at the Royal Academy (where he showed fortytwo pictures), the British Institution (where he showed nine pictures), the Royal Society of British Artists, Dudley Gallery, and elsewhere. He was elected an associate of the Old Water Colour Society on 22 March 1880, but never attained full membership. He was also one of the earliest members of the Dudley Gallery, whose first exhibition was held in 1865. Personal life A drinking fountain, now disused, was erected on Hampstead Heath to the memory of Walter Field Field resided principally at Hampstead, and was untiring in his efforts for the preservation of the natural beauties of Hampstead Heath; he was the main founder of the Hampstead Heath Protection Society. By his wife, Mary Jane Cookson, whom he married on 14 May 1868, he had seven children.
They included Edwin Field, known as a rugby player. Field Starbucks 23rd AM. December 1901, at the Priors of East Heathrow.