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James Douglas was born in Dundee on 28th April 1858.  He claimed to be a self taught artist, with his first exhibition, at the age of 16, in Dundee in 1874. He exhibited three watercolours of at the inaugural Dundee Fine Arts Exhibition of 1877, and a watercolour, an oil, and a pen & ink at the Dundee Fine Art Exhibition of 1879.

James Douglas later maintained studios in Edinburgh for many years, first renting the large studio recently vacated by Noel Paton around 1880. He spent a year studying in Paris, 1883-4, and then returned to Edinburgh. He moved to the English Lake District following his marriage in 1891, being based at the Ghyll, Applethwaite and Keswick. He then moved to Bavaria in 1895, before returning to Edinburgh in 1898. He was elected Member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1900. He signed his subsequent paintings 'J Douglas RSW' rather than dating them.

A lot of his work was used for postcards of the time, mainly whilst painting from his Edinburgh studio.

By 1907 he was suffering from mental illness and was struck off for non-payment of his subscription. He died on July 18, 1911.

In all he exhibited:

Royal Academy x 4

Royal Scottish Academy x 20

Royal Institute x 2

Dundee Fine Art Exhibition x 11

An exhibition of James Douglas' work was held at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland in May 2002. Examples of his work are in the collections of the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh and Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Glen Nevis by James Douglas, RSW   Anna Douglas, wife of James Douglas RSA, 'a fine minature painter and a member of the London set'




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