(1821 - 1888)
Norman Macbeth was active/lived in United Kingdom. Norman Macbeth is known for landscape painting.
Biography from Waddington's
The painting is signed and dated lower right 'Norman Macbeth A.R.S.A. 1879'. A.R.S.A. stands for 'Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy'. In the year after this painting was executed, Macbeth became a full member of the RSA.
Norman Macbeth was born at Greenock, Scotland, where his father James Macbeth was an excise official. He served a seven years' apprenticeship as an engraver in Glasgow, and then went to London, where he studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, and copied in the National Gallery. He moved on to Paris, where he painted copies in the Louvre. In 1845 Macbeth established himself as a portrait- painter in Greenock, moving to Glasgow in 1848, and in 1856 again practising in Greenock. Since 1845 he had been a regular contributor to the exhibitions of the Royal Scottish Academy, and in 1861 he went to Edinburgh. There he was successful as a portrait-painter, and was elected an Associate Royal Scottish Academician (ARSA) in 1870, and full member in 1880, entitling him to add the letters 'RSA' after his name. About two years before his death Macbeth moved to London. There he represented the Royal Scottish Academy as trustee of the British Institution Scholarship Fund. He died there on 27 February 1888. Macbeth's portraits were considered unmistakable likenesses. His works include the portraits of Sir John Steell RSA, acquired by the Royal Scottish Academy, and that of the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Alexander, by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Macbeth married Mary Walker, and they had six sons. Three of those Robert Walker Macbeth RA, James Macbeth, and Henry Macbeth-Raeburn RA (1860–1947) were also known as painters, and Allan Macbeth as a musician.
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