TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
TWO CENTURIES OF ART IN BLAIRGOWRIE AND RATTRAY
Blairgowrie has been a quiet haven for artists since the early 1800s. Towards the middle of that century a far-sighted painter and decorator in the town, William Dickson, encouraged several of his apprentices, including his son, to turn to fine art. So began a small colony of competent artists who encouraged others to come to the area and in some cases to settle here. It is a situation which continues to this day.
An exhibition entitled The Blairgowrie Boys was mounted at Perth Museum and Art Gallery between December 2006 and May 2007, and the Scots Magazine published an article by Maurice Fleming with the same title (n.s. 166, 3: 285–289, 2007). These told part of the early story.
The following artists, all now dead, are known to have had some connection with this area. They are arranged in alphabetical order within three groups. Where further details are known, a link to that information is added, together with any illustrations of their work that have been made available to us. Other examples of each artist's work can be found online by following the weblinks.Where possible we have also indicated books where illustrations of their paintings can be found. Where original paintings can be viewed locally we have indicated this.
References are to Peter J M McEwan's Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, edition 2, published in 2004 by Glengarden Press, where information about other relevant publications and holders of the artists' works can be found.
If you have further information about these or other artists of local interest, or if you own any paintings by any of them and are willing to let us photograph and add them to this site, please contact us.
We are most grateful to public galleries and private individuals who have provided us with images of the paintings displayed on this website and for factual corrections, further information and memories of some of the artists.