Tour Scotland Photograph A Woman Reading Painting By James Archer

Tour Scotland photograph of A Woman Reading painting by James Archer, who was born on 10 June 1822 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the son of Andrew Archer, a dentist, and Ann Cunningham, and educated at the Royal High School. He studied at the Trustee's Academy in Edinburgh under Sir William Allan and Thomas Duncan, painter. In 1840 he was accepted as a student at the Royal Scottish Academy and first exhibited there in 1842. He worked in oils, pencil and chalk, and at the beginning of his career specialised in portraiture, his best known work includes children and people in costume as its subjects. In the 1880s, Archer travelled to the USA, where he painted Andrew Carnegie's portrait, and to India, where he painted landscapes and people in costume. He died in 1904 in Haslemere in Surrey, England, survived by his son and three daughters from his marriage to Jane Clerk.

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