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Scottish Art / James Paterson PRSW RSA RWS (British, 1854-1932) Study for Belford Road
£12,000 - £18,000
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The private collection of a direct descendent of the artist
Although it was the village of Moniaive in Dumfriesshire that James Paterson was most associated with, he also had a studio in Edinburgh from 1897 onwards, dividing his time between the two locations. In 1906 he finally moved to Edinburgh permanently. Paterson became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1910 the year of his wife's death and thereafter he increasingly threw himself into public duties becoming President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1922 and Librarian, then Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy.
He lived at 1 Belford Road in 1918, then his address is listed as 2 Belford Road from 1919 until his death in 1932. This is a view from the top of Belford Road, looking along Lynedoch Place, towards Drumsheugh Place. When compared with the same view today, one can see how Paterson has used artistic licence to enlarge the dome of St George's Church, now West Register House. Paterson was a master in his use of tone which he took from his training in France, and this oil on canvas is an important example of his skills with a limited palette.
The present work appeared on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, Series 33, Winchester, 2011