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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


James G (Tim) Jeffs

James Gunyeon (Tim) Jeffs was the youngest child of Andrew M Jeffs, a fishmonger in Dumfries.  After leaving school he trained as an apprentice motor mechanic for Andrew Millar, Nithsdale Motor Works, Nith Street Dumfries and on successful completion of his apprenticeship he worked as a motor engineer and car tester for Arrol Johnston and Ester Engineering in Heathhall, Dumfries. 

 

During the 1930s after winning a poster competition, he started work as a commercial artist, designing book jackets and posters for the local cinema. He also worked with Jessie M King making a range of wooden toy buildings and assisted her in exhibition in Dumfries.

 

In 1933 he was appointed assistant curator of Dumfries Burgh Museum and in 1939, Curator.

 

After his marriage in 1938 he set up home and studio at 41 English Street, Dumfries and held his first exhibition there at the end of the year.

 

From 1940 until 1945 he was employed as a visiting teacher of woodwork and crafts at many Dumfriesshire schools and in 1945 he was appointed teacher

at Kirkcudbright Academy.  The family moved to 9 High Street, Kirkcudbright purchasing it from John E Cluysenaar, a Belgian artist and sculpture.

 

He was particularly well known for the caskets he carved and the beautifully illuminated scrolls he executed in connection with the civic "freedom" ceremonies which took place all over the country after the Second World War. In 1945 Jeffs made a wooden "freedom" casket in the form of a miniature sea chest for the Burgh of Kirkcudbright to present to the Right Honourable Thomas Johnstone.   He went on to make over 100 individually designed caskets for many notable persons, Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Boothby, Dwight D Eisenhower and Astronaut Neil Armstrong were among the recipients.

 

By 1948 he became a freelance artist/craftsman and was one of a group of local artists and craft workers who established the annual Kirkcudbright Summer School for Arts and Crafts with Jeffs and his wife taking the spinning and weaving classes.

 

A multi-talented individual, he was s sculptor, artist in oils and watercolours, calligrapher, woodworker, spinner and weaver.  Many examples of his work can be seen at Dumfries Museum and The Stewartry Museum.  His town signs can be seen at the entrance to many local towns and his plaques are in many public buildings in the area. 

 

Rock Formation Ardwall Island

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