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ScotlandBorn in Edinburgh, he was a painter in both oils and watercolour of such diverse subjects as flowers, birds and Arabian subjects. A visit to Tangier when he was seventeen, with Joseph Crawhall, had a profound influence on his artistic career. During a long stay in Egypt he lived among the people and became fluent in Arabic, and his work there captured the essence of the shimmering heat and intense light.

His marriage in 1904 caused him to settle at Inveresk, from where he made frequent trips to the west coast. His mastery of bird, flower and animal painting can be explained by the exotic birds he kept in his garden, and his sketching trips to zoos. His work, always decorative, shows the restraint practised by Crawhall, and he is justifiably recognised as one of Scotland’s leading animal painters.
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