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William Strang (1859-1921)

From National Galleries of Scotland:

During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter.
His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations.
He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.


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Anne Cotterill (1933-2010) | Flowers painter

Anne Cotterill was born in the Borders of Scotland, educated in Edinburgh and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1956 at the time when Sir William Gillies was head of painting.
She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to continue her work in Edinburgh followed by a travelling scholarship to Europe that enabled her to study the work and technique of the great traditional painters.
Married life brought her to West Somerset in the early 1960s where the seasonal changes of the wildflowers in the surrounding countryside are a constant source of inspiration for her paintings.


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John Duncan | Pre-Raphaelite / Symbolist painter

John Duncan (1866-1945) was a Scottish painter. Duncan was born in the Hilltown area of Dundee on 19 July 1866, the son of a butcher and cattleman. John, however, had no interest in the family business and preferred the visual arts.
By the age of 15 he was submitting cartoons to the local magazine "The Wizard of the North" and was later taken on as an assistant in the art department of the Dundee Advertiser. At the same time he was also a student at the Dundee School of Art, then based at the High School of Dundee.
In 1887-88 he worked in London as a commercial illustrator, then travelled to the continent to study at Antwerp Academy under Charles Verlat and the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
In 1889 Duncan returned to Dundee and exhibited in the new Victoria Art Galleries extension of the Albert Institute. The following year he became one of the founder members of the Dundee Graphic Arts Association (now Dundee Art Society).

John Duncan | Tristan and Isolde, 1912

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Robert Fowler | Victorian painter

Robert Fowler (1853-1926) was an Scottish artist who painted mythological scenes and landscapes. Fowler was born in Anstruther, Fife, and was brought up mainly by his uncle and aunt while his parents were away on business. He showed a very early aptitude for art, starting first with pencil drawings then moving on to painting and clay modelling.
His family moved to Liverpool and Fowler went to school at Liverpool College. At the age of 16, he found employment in a commercial office where his talent for art was recognised by his employer, who encouraged Fowler's parents to send him to art school.
Fowler went to London to study at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and the South Kensington Schools.


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Jack Vettriano, 1951 | Love Story


Jack Vettriano was born in Fife, Scotland. After leaving school at 15, he followed his father down the mine, working as an apprentice engineer. He later moved on to white-collar jobs in management services.
Vettriano took up painting as a hobby in the 1970s when a girlfriend bought him a set of watercolours for his birthday and from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.
He learned his craft by copying Old Masters, Impressionists, Surrealists and a plethora of Scottish artists.

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Crawfurd Adamson, 1953 | Figurative painter


Crawfurd Adamson, born in Edinburgh, is a noted figurative artist from Scotland, although he has spent much of his career in the South of England.
He has exhibited widely and internationally, and has paintings in major collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Fleming Collection in London.
He came to note in the 1980s and 90s, with extensive international shows including Monaco, Hong Kong and Spain. His work fell out of fashion during the late 90s, as the art market took a preference to conceptual works, rather than traditional media such as oil painting or pastels.

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Alexander Millar, 1960 | Fly With Me


Scottish painter Alexander Millar is one of the UK's most popular contemporary artists. Born and raised in the small mining community of Springside, just outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, Millar's earliest memories were of his time spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines and large missile-shaped women decked out in big overcoats, pinnies, tartan headscarves and zipped booties, adorned with fake fur around the top.

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John McGhie (1867-1952) | Seascape / Genre painter


John McGhie was born in Lesmahagow near Lanark in Scotland in 1867; the son of a grocer. He showed an early interest in drawing and painting, but was initially apprenticed to an architect before persuading his father to allow him to enrol at the Glasgow School of Art.
Following a year’s study in Glasgow he was awarded🎨 a scholarship to study for three years at the Royal Academy School in London where he was taught by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896); amongst other renowned artists.

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Francis Cadell (1883-1937) | Colourist painter


Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA is one of the four artists known as the Scottish Colourists. He studied in Paris and lived in Munich before settling in his native Edinburgh around 1909.
He is perhaps the most elegant of the Colourists, renowned for his stylish portrayals of Edinburgh New Town interiors and his vibrantly coloured, daringly simplified still lifes.
Cadell grew up in Edinburgh and showed artistic ability from an early age.

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Jack Vettriano, 1951 | Fallen angels


Born Jack Hoggan in Fife, Scotland, Jack Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer.
For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.

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Jack Vettriano, 1951 | Lovers and Others Strangers


Jack Vettriano, OBE is a Scottish painter. Critics hate him. Celebrities collect him. The public buy his posters in their millions: Jack Vettriano reveals the dark side that has made him our most controversial artist.

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Sir Herbert James Gunn, R.A. (1893-1964)

Sir (Herbert) James Gunn RA (30 June 1893 - 30 December 1964) was a Scottish landscape and portrait painter.
Sir Herbert James Gunn (also known as Sir James Gunn) was born in Glasgow on 30 June 1893, the son of Richard Gunn, a draper, and Thomasina Munro.
He studied for several years at the Glasgow School of Art and the Edinburgh College of Art.
In 1911, he went to the Académie Julian in Paris where he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens.
After he left Paris, Gunn travelled to Spain and then spent time in London, where he mostly painted landscapes.



At the outbreak of the First World War, Gunn initially joined the Artists Rifles. He subsequently received a commission in the 10th Scottish Rifles and saw active service in France. During the conflict he continued to paint, most notably a work depicting troops on the eve of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Painting career
Gunn began as a landscape painter and traveled widely, exhibiting Paintings of Rome etc at the Fine Art Society in 1929.
During the 1920s, he increasingly concentrated on portrait painting and after 1929 he devoted himself exclusively to portraits.
In November 1939, Gunn offered his services to the War Artists' Advisory Committee and subsequently received three portrait commissions from them.
During WWII he lived with his family in Carsethorn, a seaside village on the Solway in Kirkcudbrightshire.



Gunn's paintings are on show in a number of galleries and his 1953 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is in the Royal Collection.
He also painted notable portraits of King George V and also of Harold Macmillan, in his role as Chancellor of Oxford University. He was elected President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1953, a post he held until his death.
He was elected an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1953 and a full academician in 1961.
Gunn was knighted for services to painting in 1963. An 80-page catalogue of his work which were exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh from December 1994 to February 1995, was published by the National Galleries of Scotland in 1994.
  • Family life
Gunn married Gwendoline Thorne in 1919 and they had three daughters. He divorced his first wife who ran off with Sir Arthur Whinney. Gunn subsequently married Pauline Miller with whom he had a son and another daughter.
Pauline was the model for a number of his paintings, including his 1961 diploma submission to the Royal Academy. Gunn died in London on 30 December 1964.
A Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London in January 1965.

































Sir (Herbert) James Gunn RA (30 giugno 1893 - 30 dicembre 1964) era un pittore di paesaggi e ritratti Scozzese.
  • Primi anni
Sir Herbert James Gunn (noto anche come Sir James Gunn) è nato a Glasgow il 30 giugno 1893, figlio di Richard Gunn, un drappeggio, e Thomasina Munro.
Ha studiato per diversi anni alla Glasgow School of Art e all'Edinburgh College of Art.
Nel 1911, andò all'Académie Julian a Parigi dove studiò sotto Jean-Paul Laurens.
Dopo aver lasciato Parigi, Gunn viaggiò in Spagna e poi passò il tempo a Londra, dove per lo più dipinse paesaggi.
Allo scoppio della prima guerra mondiale, Gunn si unì inizialmente agli Artists Rifles.
Successivamente ha ricevuto una commissione nel decimo Scottish Rifles e ha visto un servizio attivo in Francia.
Durante il conflitto continuò a dipingere, in particolare un'opera che rappresentava le truppe alla vigilia della Battaglia della Somme.

  • Carriera
Gunn è nato come pittore paesaggista e ha viaggiato molto, esibendosi a Dipinti di Roma ecc., presso la Fine Art Society nel 1929.
Negli anni '20 si è sempre più concentrato sulla ritrattistica e dopo il 1929 si è dedicato esclusivamente ai ritratti.
Nel novembre 1939, Gunn offrì i suoi servizi al comitato consultivo degli artisti della guerra e successivamente ricevette tre commissioni di ritratto da loro.
Durante la seconda guerra mondiale visse con la sua famiglia a Carsethorn, un villaggio sul mare nella Solway a Kirkcudbrightshire.
I dipinti di Gunn sono esposti in numerose gallerie e il suo ritratto della regina Elisabetta II del 1953 è nella collezione reale.
Ha dipinto anche ritratti degni di re Giorgio V e anche di Harold Macmillan, nel suo ruolo di cancelliere dell'Università di Oxford.
Fu eletto presidente della Royal Society of Portrait Painters nel 1953, un incarico che tenne fino alla sua morte.
Fu eletto membro associato della Royal Academy nel 1953 ed accademico completo nel 1961.
Gunn fu nominato cavaliere per servizi alla pittura nel 1963.
Un catalogo di 80 pagine del suo lavoro che è stato esposto presso la Scottish National Portrait Gallery, ad Edimburgo dal dicembre 1994 al febbraio 1995, è stato pubblicato dalle National Galleries of Scotland nel 1994.