Monday, September 13, 2010

James Watterston Herald

James Watterston Herald (1859-1914) Kirk Wynd, 40cm x 50cm

This fine watercolor was on the open market in Scotland a few days ago.

James Watterston Herald was born on the 29th of July 1859, at Forfar. He studied art at the High School of Dundee. He was encouraged to continue his art studies and he moved with his parents to Edinburgh in order to give him a better chance in his career.
Herald then moved to London, hee was charmed by the city and immersed himself in his work with great vigour, filling his sketch books with impressions of London streets, the river, the wharves and the characters which inhabited them. He was also a good violinist and it may be said that he loved his violin as he did his paintbrush.

He is known for his complete command of watercolour and masterly use of pastel, with an emphasis on decorative colour, subtle tone and harmony of composition. His work remains extremely popular and is often of a delicate nature, capturing reflected light and luminosity.

“To draw! What is it to draw? Any idiot who could learn to write could learn to draw and to draw well.” (Herald in a letter to his friend and patron, Mr Roberts)


Bying a kilt.



At 5:19 PM, Blogger Nick said...

another great I have never heard of - thanks for posting this!

At 5:25 PM, Blogger P.S. said...

my pleasure Nick!


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