WILLIAM GEORGE GILLIES
Sir William Gillies’s strong affection towards Scottish landscape was recorded with both a strong sense of purpose and a thorough understanding of watercolour technique. After studying at the Edinburgh College of Art, Gillies won a travelling scholarship, which led him to Paris where he worked in the atelier of Andre Lhote, author of a treatise on landscape painting. In 1925 he returned to Scotland where he began teaching, firstly in Inverness and then at Edinburgh where he eventually became Head of Painting. He was elected a member of the Society of Eight in 1932 as a result of his sponsorship by Peploe and Cadell.