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James Cowie (1886–1956) self-portrait, c. 1950 [The Blue Shirt] © reserved; courtesy of the University of Edinburgh's Collections


Cowie, James (1886–1956), painter, was born on 16 May 1886 at Netherton of Dalgety, a small upland farm near the village of Cuminestown in Aberdeenshire, the second of three sons of Peter Smart Cowie (1858–1919) and his wife, Katherine Tennant (1859–1926). With many generations of nonconformist farming folk in his ancestry, ...