“William Simpson (1823-1899), watercolour painter and journalist, was born on 28 October 1823 in a tenement in Carrick Street, Glasgow. He spent fifteen months at a writing-school in Perth, staying with his grandmother, but thereafter received no regular education. He trained as a lithographer under David Macfarlane in Glasgow. In […]
Although born in Edinburgh in 1803 (some sources detail him as born at Kilgraston) Francis Grant was the fourth son of a Perthshire landowner, Francis Grant of Kilgraston. Initially trained as a lawyer he soon became a celebrated portrait painter and painter of sporting scenes. Amongst his body of work […]
A painter known for his Jacobite inspired paintings such as Prince Charles’s Entry into Edinburgh After Prestonpans. Born in 1807 at Kinclaven, Perthshire Thomas Duncan was created A.R.S.A., R.S.A. and in 1843 A.R.A. He died in Edinburgh in 1845.
David Octavius Hill: This painter and pioneering portrait photography was born in Perth in 1802, the son of a local bookseller. Educated at Perth Academy he studied subsequently at the Edinburgh School of Design. He became interested in railways as a young man and produced a set of engravings of the Garnkirk […]
John Duncan Fergusson: Painter born in Perthshire in 1874. Fergusson took up painting after studying Medicine. He is part of the Scottish Colourists Group that includes Samuel John Peploe and Francis Cadell. The Colourists came out of the Glasgow School of Painting with the mantra of the importance of colour […]