WILLIAM DOUGLAS, the miniature painter
WILLIAM DOUGLAS, the miniature painter


WILLIAM DOUGLAS, the miniature painter

1844 Scotland

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William Douglas, the artist’s father
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Miss Archibald Ramsay Douglas (1807-1886) was William's daughter. She exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1834-1841. She lived with her father at 13 Hart Street where she died. Her work is very scarce, but this example shows how competent she was.

William Douglas held an appointment as Miniature Painter to HRH Princess Charlotte of Wales. He also painted for Prince Leopold, afterwards King of the Belgians.

A descendant of the family of Douglas of Glenbervie, he was born at Torryburn, Fife, Scotland, 14 Apr 1780, and died in Edinburgh, 30 Jan 1832. His wife was Charlotte Grieve who he married on 7 Aug 1805.

He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1808–9 and the Society of Associated Artists between 1808 and 1816. His patrons in
Scotland included numerous members of the Edinburgh middle classes and members of the Scottish aristocracy such as the ninth earl of Dalhousie and the fourth duke of Buccleuch.

On 9 July 1817 he was appointed miniature painter in Scotland to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and was commissioned to paint a miniature of his wife, Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only daughter of George IV. He then visited London, undertaking several commissions for William Balliol Best of Chilston Park, Kent. Although he subsequently returned to Edinburgh, he continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London from 818 to 1826.
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
Signed on the reverse and dated, 1844, with the address 13 Hart Street, Edinburgh
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