Patrick Downie (1854-1945)
Patrick Downie (1854-1945) was a landscape and coastal painter. He was born in Greenock Scotland, the youngest child of three siblings to Irish born parents. Although he always wanted to be an artist, Downie had to take several other jobs first to help support the family. During this time he used to sketch local scenes. Downie was eventually able to fulfil his ambitions to become an artist and studied in Paris which was the beginning of a life long career. He left Greenock after his mother died and settled in Paisley where he had several generous patrons. he married Maggie Cochran, a talented amateur artist who died in 1897. He later married her sister Helen was was also an artist. Downie later lived in Largs in North Ayrshire which is where he died in 1945.
RSW 1902. Exhibited: Arlington Gallery 2, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts 133, Walker Gallery Liverpool 36, Manchester City Art Gallery 7, Royal Academy 16, Royal Society of British Artists 3, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, 4, Royal Scottish Academy 54, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours 126.