James Riddel (1857-1928)
|Artist Name||James Riddel (1857-1928)|
|Title||St John's Close, The Entrance to Lodges Canongate, Edinburgh|
|Description||This lovely piece of Scottish Victorian architectural history is by noted artist James Riddel. Painted circa 1890 it is a view of St John's Close, the entrance to Lodges Canongate, Edinburgh. The back of the buildings are bathed in sunshine as two children play in the street beneath an old gas lamp whilst washing dries high above them. Smoke drifts up from the numerous chimney pots. An arched pend passes through the building from Canongate into St Johns Close. A superb painting of a corner of Edinburgh's past by a noted artist and housed in a lovely empire frame.
Signed lower right.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||14 x 20 inches|
|Frame||Housed a gilt empire frame, 28 inches by 22 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||James Riddel (1857 - 1928) (aka James Alick Riddel) was born in Glasgow and trained at the Glasgow School of Art. He became Head of the Art Department at Heriot Watt College (now University) in Edinburgh. He worked in Scotland, Holland, Belgium and Canada. His seaside and coastal scenes were popular and he exhibited widely including at Royal Academy (London); Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours and at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. Riddel was Treasurer of the RSW for many years. He painted a series of impressive genre scenes in the latter part of his career which were enthusiastically received by collectors. He died at Balerno, near Edinburgh in 1928.