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James Douglas
Born Dundee, 1858-1911


Presented 1938 by Alex M Stoole
Museum number 5-1938

Douglas, was largely self taught, though he did study for a year at the Academie Julian in Paris. Watercolour was his chosen medium and in 1900 he was elected as a member of The Scottish Society of Painters in Water-Colours. His work is best known through reproductions of watercolours that Cynicus (the renowned artist and publisher) produced as postcards.

Douglas was drawn to small picturesque villages and had a studio in Longforgan in the Carse of Gowrie. He was inspired by the farms, mills and surrounding countryside (as McIntosh Patrick would be many years later).

Carmichael commented on Douglas’ intense reverence for nature, “A tree to him was not a conventional object placed at a particular place in a landscape, but if an ash, it was an ash and if an elm, an elm.”

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