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Bliss, Douglas Percy (1900–1984), painter and printmaker, was born on 28 January 1900 at Karachi, then part of British India, the son of Joseph Bliss (1868–1936), pharmacist, and Isabel Douglas Percy (1868–1966). He was educated in Scotland, where he attended George Watson's College...

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Sir David Young Cameron (1865–1945) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cameron, Sir David Young (1865–1945), painter and etcher, was born on 28 June 1865 at 1 Queen's Terrace, Glasgow, the fourth of the nine children and elder surviving son of the Revd Robert Cameron (1825–1898), minister of Cambridge Street United Presbyterian Church in ...

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

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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, ...

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James Dallas

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Dallas, Elmslie William (1809–1879), painter and mathematician, the second son of William Dallas and his wife, Sarah Day, and a descendant of Alexander Dallas of Cantray, Inverness-shire was born in London on 27 June 1809. He became a student at the Royal Academy Schools...

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Douglas, Sir William Fettes (1822–1891), painter, antiquary, and curator, was born in the parish of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1822, eldest son of Douglas James Douglas, accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Martha Brook, great-niece of Sir William Fettes, bt...

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Jennifer Melville

Faed, John (1819–1902), painter, was born on 31 August 1819 at Barley Mill, Girthon, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, the eldest of the six children of James Faed (1777–1843), tenant farmer, miller, and engineer, and his wife, Mary McGeoch (1790–1866). Four of his five siblings also displayed great artistic talent. They were ...

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J. M. Gray

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Geddes, Andrew (1783–1844), painter and etcher, was born on 5 April 1783 at St Patrick Street, Edinburgh, and baptized on 16 April at St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, the second of the six children, and only son, of David Geddes (who died at 18 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh...

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Graham, John (1754–1817), painter and teacher of art, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to a coach-painter in Edinburgh, George MacFarquhar (fl. 1763–1799), and later pursued that trade in London. He then undertook study at the Royal Academy Schools and he exhibited at the academy fairly regularly between 1780 and 1797. His paintings included ...

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Iain Gordon Brown

Hall, James (1800–1854), painter, was born on 6 June 1800, at Dunglass, East Lothian, the third and youngest son of Sir James Hall of Dunglass, fourth baronet (1761–1832), and his wife, Lady Helen Douglas (1762–1837), daughter of the fourth earl of Selkirk. He was educated at the high school of ...

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Hamilton, Gavin (1723–1798), painter, archaeologist, and dealer, was born at Murdieston House in the parish of Bertram Shotts, Lanarkshire, second son of Alexander Hamilton (d. 1768) of Murdieston, laird of Inverdovat (now Tayfield), Fife, who had inherited Murdieston from his great-uncle Alexander Inglis...

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Hannan, William (1725–1772), painter, was born on 23 June 1725 in Kelso, Roxburghshire, and baptized there on 25 June, the son of George Hannan and Hanna Pringle. He was apprenticed in 1741 to Thomas Landall, a cabinet-maker in London. According to a contemporary, however, he had a '...

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Herdman, Robert (1828–1888), painter, was born at Rattray, Perthshire, on 17 September 1828, the fourth and youngest son of the Revd William Herdman, minister of that parish, and his wife, Sophia Walker. Herdman attended Rattray parish school until his father died in 1838. The family then moved to ...

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Nathaniel Hone (1718–1784) self-portrait, c. 1775 National Gallery of Ireland

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Johnstone, William Borthwick (1804–1868), painter and gallery curator, was born William Johnstone on 21 July 1804 in Edinburgh, the elder son of John Johnstone, an Edinburgh lawyer. He added his mother's maiden name, Borthwick, to his own in 1847. Following the early deaths of his parents, ...

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J. L. Caw

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Lockhart, William Ewart (1846–1900), painter, was born on 18 February 1846 at Eaglesfield, Dumfriesshire, the illegitimate son of Ann Lockhart (b. 1823), a domestic servant, and Thomas Ewart (1823–1881), a farm labourer. Raised by his maternal grandparents in Annan, at the age of fourteen he enrolled at the ...

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Daniel Maclise (bap. 1806, d. 1870) by William Lake Price, c. 1858 © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1996. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates

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Maclise, Daniel (bap. 1806, d. 1870), painter, was the son of Alexander McLeish or McClise (1777–1861), a soldier of Scottish parentage who served in the Elgin fencibles in Ireland, and married Rebecca Buchanan in Cork on 24 December 1797. After leaving the army in 1801 he ran a tanning yard and shoemaking business supplying army contracts at ...