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 John Blake MacDonald  (1829 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/Scotland      Known for: historical genre and landscape painting

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BIOGRAPHY for John MacDonald
1829 (Boharm)
1901 (Edinburgh, Scotland)

United Kingdom/Scotland

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A Scottish historical genre and landscape painter, he was born in Boharm and studied with Robert Scott Lauder (RSA 1803-1869).  MacDonald exhibited frequently at the RSA as well as the RA from 1866-1876.  He was elected ARSA in 1862 and RSA in 1877.

Wood writes: "His historical subjects were mostly from the Jacobite period.  In later life gave up figure painting for landscape...MacDonald's work was of a conventional type, and he used the dark colours and chiaroscuro effects of  Lauder and his pupils."

MacDonald died in 1901, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Wood, Christopher. Dictionary of Victorian Painters, 1971
Harris, Paul, M.A.A Concise History of Scottish Painters, Edinburgh 1976

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