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In The Artists' Footsteps

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Nan S Fergusson (Mrs James Henderson) 1910 - 1984


Archie Sutter Watt


Christian Jane (Chris) Fergusson


Edward Arthur Walton


James Paterson


E. A. Hornel


Jankel Adler


Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell


William Hanna Clarke


William Daniell


George Wright


James Faed (Senior)


James Faed Junior


John Faed


Susan Bell Faed


The Faeds


David Gauld


The Glasgow Girls


Tom Gourdie


The Glasgow Boys


Francis Grose


George Henry


Anna and Isobel Hotchkis


James G (Tim) Jeffs


Jessie M King


Oskar Kokoschka


William Miles Johnston


John Maxwell


Henry Joseph Moule


William Mouncey


William Stewart MacGeorge


Charles Oppenheimer


Samuel John Peploe


William Bruce Ellis Ranken


William Robson


Charles William Stewart


Jim Sturgeon


Alick Riddell Sturrock


E A Taylor


JMW Turner


Jemima Wedderburn


Christopher Whall


The Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society


E. A. Hornel

Throughout his career Edward Atkinson Hornel remained firmly rooted in his home town of Kirkcudbright.  Although he was born in Australia, his parents came from Kirkcudbright, and Hornel was brought back home while still a young child.  After studying in both Edinburgh and Antwerp, he returned to Kirkcudbright in 1885 and set up his first studio at the back of the old Custom House at No 21 High Street, almost directly opposite the family home at No 18. 

He became associated with the "Glasgow Boys" group, and many of the friends he made in the art world started regularly visiting Kirkcudbright.  His closest colleague in the early years was George Henry.  Together they experimented with an exuberant style of painting in which representation was subservient to decoration, and in the process became controversial figures.  One of Hornel's own paintings caused a furore in Liverpool when it was exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in 1892.  The municipal authorities were split over a proposal to acquire it for the permanent collection.  The purchase went through only because the alderman behing the idea turned it into a resigning issue.  Summer was the first "Glasgow Boys" picture, apart from commissioned portraits, to be brought for a major public collection in the UK. 

In 1893 he and Henry went to Japan for an extended stay to investigate the reality behind the vogue for all things Eastern.  They were away for 19 months.  All but one of Hornel's Japanese paintings were sold when they went on show in Glasgow in 1895.

His success brought substantial financial rewards.  In 1901 he bought the imposing eighteenth-century Broughton House at No 12 High Street (now run by the National Trust for Scotland); his friend, the architect John Keppie, designed a new studio for it.  Later a handsome gallery was added.  Hornel was particularly devoted to his garden, and, inspired by his visit to the Far Est, introduced Japanese motifs to its design.  He had always been interested in the history of his native Galloway, and in 1919 he began collecting books about Dumfries and Galloway.  His library eventually consisted of some 15,000 volumes.

He fully participated in the affairs of the town, serving on the town council though later resigning over a row about pavements.  He chaired the local Decorations Committee for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and advised on the design of the town's War Memorial.  In his later years he was on the bench as an Honorary Sheriff.  His civic duties became increasingly focused on education:  for three years he was on the county's education committe, and conducted the negotiations with an American philanthropist which resulted in the building of a gymnasium for Kirkcudbright Academy. 

His early artistic radicalism gave way to an easy and lucrative formula of young girls (based on local youngsters) in decorative scenes at the seashore or in woodland.  In his studio work he relied more and more on photographs.  Hornel never married.  Until his death in 1933, he shared Broughton House with his sister Elizabeth ("Tizzie")

Blossom Time, Brighouse Bay

Blossom Time, Brighouse Bay

Kirkcudbright from Janefield

Kirkcudbright from Janefield

Brighouse Bay, Wild and Burnet Roses

Brighouse Bay, Wild and Burnet Roses

By the Summerhouse

By the Summerhouse