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Samuel John Peploe


1871 - 1935

Impressionist painter, particularly noted for his still-life works. Born in Edinburgh and trained at the Trustees' Academy, which later became the Edinburgh College of Art, Peploe became one of the Scottish Colourists who were influenced by the French use of colour. From 1901 he developed the habit of taking painting trips to Northern France and the Hebrides, with his friend J.D. Fergusson (1874 - 1961) whom he had met in 1895. In 1910, Peploe married Margaret MacKay, whom he had met on a painting trip to Barra, and the couple moved to Paris, which reinvigorated his painting. They returned to Edinburgh in 1912. He visited Kirkcudbrightshire regularly from 1914 and, during the 1920s, he spent several summers with Francis Cadell (1883 - 1937), another of the colourists, on the island of Iona. His works are represented in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh City Art Centre, the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, the Hunterian Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and the South Ayrshire Galleries Service at Rozelle House.

He died in Edinburgh and is buried in Dean Cemetery.


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