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James Paterson


1854 - 1932

Artist. Born in Glasgow, where he studied at the School of Art under A.D. Robertson (1807-86), alongside William MacGregor (1855 - 1923). He joined the latter to paint at St. Andrews, Stonehaven and Nairn. Paterson travelled to France in 1877 to develop his technique, but soon returned to Glasgow and became associated with the influential group of artists known as the 'Glasgow Boys'. In 1884, Paterson settled in Moniaive (Dumfries and Galloway), where he painted landscapes which showed the influence of the French artist Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. He became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1910, serving as their Librarian (1910-24) and becoming their President in 1922 and Secretary (1924-32).

He moved to Edinburgh in 1910, where he died. There was formerly a museum in his honour in Moniaive, with much of the collection gifted to the University of Glasgow.


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