William Fettes Douglas

1822-1891 Scotland

 

Brief Biography-Sir William Fettes Douglas of Edinburgh, only painted after a day’s work in the Commercial Bank of Scotland for a period of ten years. His father who was an amateur watercolourist eventually permitted William to enter the Royal Scottish Academy for tuition, however he only studied formally for a few months. His talents were quickly recognized and he was elected an Associate of the Academy in 1851 and an Academician in 1854. He toured Italy in 1857 and five years later he exhibited at the Academy in London. He became curator of the Scottish National Gallery in 1877 and was president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1882. He was knighted in the same year and two years later received the honour of LL.D from Edinburgh University. Apart from occult and romantic subjects he painted genre, historical scenes and landscapes. Still life subject was a specialty he also enjoyed along with being an antiquarian and historian. He died in Newburg, Fife, in 1891. He was regarded as the leading still-life painter of Scotland in his time.

 

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David Laing

David Laing

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Hudibras and Ralph-

Hudibras and Ralph Visiting the Astrologer

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Thomas Faed

Thomas Faed

The Spell

The Spell

Creech's Bookshop

The Bibliophilist's Haunt or Creech's Bookshop

Lunan Bay-Angus

Lunan Bay-Angus