Howard Somerville (1873-1952)

Howard Somerville (1873-1952) Somerville was a Scottish artist born in Dundee. He was a painter of portraits, interiors, still life and figure subjects in oil and sketches of women in ink. He was also an etcher. After a private education he studied science and engineering at Dundee Technical College. He became an engineer but gave this up in favour of art. Somerville settled in London in 1899 aged 26 and began to contribute artistically to Punch and other magazines. He then moved to Glasgow and on to New York before returning to London. He was elected RPE in1917. He exhibited principally in London galleries, the provinces and Paris Salon. He also exhibited Royal Academy 14, Royal Scottish Academy 8, Glasgow Institute 28, Walker Gallery, Liverpool 17 and LS 14. Sommerville is also represented in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Walker Gallery Liverpool.