Thursday, 17 November 2016

Tour Scotland Photograph Painting By Sir James Lawton Wingate


Tour Scotland photograph of a painting by Sir James Lawton Wingate, who was born 9 October 1846 in Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow, Scotland. He initially worked as a commercial clerk, taking drawing lessons in the early morning. He was influenced by Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, and first exhibited in 1864 at the Glasgow Fine Art Institute. The appreciation he received led him to abandon his job and tour Italy in 1867 where he created 150 watercolour drawings. Returning to Scotland, he lived at Hamilton, and developed a keen skill in painting landscapes and woodland scenes while studying at the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1874 he moved to Crieff and later to Muthill, Perthshire, painting rustic genre scenes and later increasingly impressionistic landscapes which made his reputation. After 1880 he exhibited regularly at the RSA, becoming its President in 1919, also the year in which he was knighted. Later he moved to Colinton and afterwards to Slateford, both in the vicinity of Edinburgh. He resigned as President of the RSA shortly before his death in Edinburgh, aged 77, in 1924. He is buried near the south west corner of the western extension to Grange Cemetery.



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