James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA (1860-1932)
|Artist Name||James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA (1860-1932)|
|Title||Fishing Boats at Eyemouth Harbour Scotland|
|Description||Scottish artist James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA painted this lovely exhibited Scottish Impressionist harbour scene circa 1907. The harbour is actually Eyemouth on the south east Scottish coast. In the foreground are boats in the harbour and beyond them numerous figures are busy on the quayside. The backdrop is the town of Eyemouth with its attractive buildings and wonderful Scottish tones. A superb atmospheric Scottish oil painting by an extremely talented and well respected artist.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||Exhibited Royal Scottish Academy 1907 no.125 entitled Fishing Boats at Eyemouth.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30 x 25 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 37 inches by 32 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||James Whitelaw Hamilton (1860-1932) RSA, RSW - was a Scottish artist, member of the Glasgow School, of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and of the New English Art Club.
He was born in Glasgow, where he studied before moving to Paris, where he became a pupil of Aimé Morot and of Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret. Returning to Scotland in 1884, he spent time at Cocksburnpath with other future Glasgow Boys James Guthrie, Joseph Crawhall and Arthur Melville. In 1887 he was elected a member of the New English Art club, exhibiting at their annual exhibitions in London. He also showed regularly with the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, of which he was honorary secretary for many years. He became an associate of the RSA in 1911, and a full academician in 1922. He was also a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).
In 1897 he won a gold medal at the Munich International Exhibition, which led to several overseas commissions, including one from Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who appointed him a Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy in 1901.
Whitelaw Hamilton's work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale at all eight biennales between 1897 and 1910. In 1897, 1899 and 1901 he was part of the Scottish artists' section of the exhibition.