Tour Scotland Photograph Painting By David Forrester Wiilson

Tour Scotland photograph of the Gathering Faggots painting by David Forrester Wiilson who was born on 4th April 1873 in Glasgow, Scotland. David was the son of John Wilson, a lithographer. He was educated at a private seminary before transferring to Gorbals Public School. He held a business appointment with the firm of Messrs. John Blair & Company on Howard St, before starting at Glasgow School of Art in 1892. He joined the staff in 1903 as a teaching assistant under Jean Delville, won the Haldane Scholarship and travelled in 1905 to France, Italy, Belgium and London, England. Returned to Glasgow School of Art nd gradually worked his way up to Assistant. Professor under Maurice Greiffenhagen, the subsequent Head of Drawing and Painting. On Greiffenhagen’s retirement in 1928 Wilson managed the department while the then Director of the School, John D. Revel, acted as Head. When Revel left the School in 1932, Wilson was formally acknowledged as Head of the Department, a post he held until 1938. He specialised in portraits and large decorative panels and was commissioned to paint one of a series of large decorative panels in the banqueting hall of the Glasgow Municipal Buildings. He also painted landscapes and figures. Lived in Milngavie most of his life, later moving to Glasgow and then Ayr. He died on the Island of Islay on 8 or 9 Jan 1950.

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