Edwin James Douglas
|Edwin James Douglas
||Spaniel and game birds
||Last sight of the fox
by James Douglas, his father.
Edwin James Douglas (14 Jul 1848, Edinburgh, Scotland - Dec
1914, Thakenham, Sussex) was an Animal and Portrait Painter.
Edwin Douglas flourished between 1869 and 1892. Born in
Edinburgh, he was the son of James Douglas, a noted portrait
painter, and exhibited his first work at the Royal Scottish Academy
at the age of only 17.
Douglas’s paintings were mainly of a sporting nature and he
attracted many notable patrons, including Sir Charles Tennant and
Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria purchased a picture of setters,
painted by Douglas, as a birthday present for King Edward VII.
Edwin James Douglas painted hunting scenes, dogs and genre. His
speciality was Jersey cows; Douglas kept Jersey cows at his home.
He first exhibited at the very young age of 17 at The Royal
Scottish Academy. Edwin Douglas first lived in Edinburgh, his
address in 1869 was 24 Grange-Loan, Edinburgh. In 1875 he moved
south to Guildford then in 1889 to Worthing, in 1890, he built the
family home in Findon, Sussex.
Douglas started painting a
series of paintings with Jersey cows titled The Channel Island
Series in 1878. An article on Edwin Douglas in the Art Journal of
1885 by Walter Armstrong describes the Channel Island Series of four
paintings (1) as 'most characteristic', as follows:~ The first painting
of this series is titled "Jersey" showing a milk maid between two
tiny Jersey cows. The second painting of the series titled
"Alderney" showing a girl carrying cabbages walking by a Jersey cow.
The third painting, titled "Sark" describes the above offered
painting, which is very probably from this series. The fourth
painting titled, "Jersey Family" (See album, above) shows Jersey cows being milked and
another tethered. All these paintings have been engraved.
Edwin Douglas patrons included; Queen Victoria, and Edward - Prince
of Wales, for whom he painted their favourite horses and dogs.
Douglas exhibited at: The Royal Academy from 1869 to 1900, a total
of 43 paintings, he also exhibited at The Manchester City Art
Gallery, The Walker Art Gallery - Liverpool, Royal Scottish Academy
and at many other locations. Paintings by Douglas are held at: The
Tate Gallery - London and also by; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
An admirer and follower of Queen Victoria’s
best loved artist Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Edwin
Douglas lived in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy
Schools. He first exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy itself in
1865, subjects in his early years being Scottish genre and
In 1871 as with so many of his
compatriots, Douglas moved to London in search of patronage and
commissions, having exhibited firstly at the Royal Academy in 1869.
He lived in Bedford Gardens subsequently moving to Dorking in 1873
and to the village of Shere near Guildford in 1875.
continued to paint Scottish subjects throughout his life, but
interspersed with portraits and genre. However, it was as a painter
of animals and most particularly dogs, for which he was so widely
known and admired. It is in his portrayal of dogs that Douglas
excelled. As with Landseer, his works can be highly sentimental and
his dogs imbued with an anthropomorphic quality.
a highly successful artist whose animal paintings, like those of
Landseer, struck a chord with Victorian collectors. He exhibited at
the Royal Academy 1869-1900, forty one works in total, at the Royal
Scottish Academy and other venues in London and the provinces.
Having moved to Findon in Sussex in 1891, Douglas died in 1914.
*Main Categories found - Cattle, Dogs,
Horses, Sheep, Edwin James Douglas family portraits of Christiana
Maria (Martin) Douglas (his wife) and Margot (Marguerete Laura)
Douglas (his daughter)
* Coaching Postcards
* Hunting with hounds
* Lone rose
Tranquil roses in a vase
* Sailing ship
* Other categories (my category headings) -
~ Nature sets
- Tropical, Tahitian Sunset, Autumn Elegance, Alioa Fields
Specifically Botanical sets - Rojo Botanical, Graceful State, Mystic
Opus, Centimento, Equatorial, Bonaire
~ Somewhat abstract -
Palimpsest, Always Special, Geo Mosaic
~ Ancient/Old World -
Eden, Epoch, Etruscan, Old World, Tuscadero, Timeless Equino
~ Oriental - Garden Haiku (perhaps Japanese), Japanese Feelings,
InnerChi (perhaps Chinese)
He exhibited in the Tate Gallery, London, in 1875 and in
Worthing, Sussex, in 1876.
He was the youngest child, with 5 sisters, of
James Douglas, b Kilmarnock 1810.
On 23 Apr 1874, in Little Laver Church, he married Christiana
Maria Martin. They had 9 children.
1. There is a fifth painting titled
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