Sir William MacTaggart

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Sir William MacTaggart was born in Midlothian, Scotland, grandson of the renowned Scottish artist William MacTaggart (1835 -1910). He studied at the Edinburgh School of Art between 1917 and 1920, and thereafter in France and Italy.

He first exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1921, and at the Society of Scottish Artists in 1922. The following year he made the first of many trips to France, and had his first one man show in Cannes in 1924. In 1927 Sir William MacTaggart became a member of the Society of Eight (fellow artists included Sir John Lavery, S.J. Peploe and F.C.B. Cadell), and had his second one man show in 1929 at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. In the mid 1930’s he commenced teaching part-time at the Edinburgh School of Art.

After the Second World War, he painted increasingly in France, considerably lightening his palette to paint the forces of nature with a strong emphasis on colour.

In 1959, Sir William MacTaggart became President of the Royal Scottish Academy, and was knighted in 1962.

Sir William MacTaggart died in 1981.

His paintings are represented in the Tate Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Royal Scottish Society, and the City of Edinburgh Collection.

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MacTaggart studied at the Edinburgh College of Art between 1918 and 1921, and became one of the core Edinburgh School painters. In 1927 he joined t...
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