Tour Scotland Photograph Highland Ferryman Painting By William Dyce


Tour Scotland photograph of a Highland Ferryman painting by William Dyce, who was born on 19 September 1806 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was born at 48 Marischal Street, the son of Doctor William Dyce of Fonthill and Cuttlehill, born 1770, died 1835, and Margaret Chalmers of Westburn, born 1776, died 1856. His uncle was General Alexander Dyce, died 1834. He began his career at the Royal Academy schools, and then travelled to Rome, Italy, for the first time in 1825. While he was there, he studied the works of Titian and Poussin. He returned to Rome in 1827, this time staying for a year and a half, and during this period he appears to have made the acquaintance of the German Nazarene painter Friedrich Overbeck. After these travels, he settled for several years in Edinburgh. He supported himself by painting portraits at first, but soon took to other subjects of art, especially the religious subjects he preferred. He was given charge of the School of Design in Edinburgh, and was then invited to London, England, where he was based thereafter, to head the newly established Government School of Design, later to become the Royal College of Art. In 1850 he married Jane Bickerton Brand who died in 1885. William died in Streatham in Surrey on 14 February 1864. He is buried in the churchyard of St Leonards Church in Streatham.



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