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 George Pirie  (1863 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: Scotland      Known for: animal, bird and landscape painting

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Sir George Pirie was a Scottish artist who was associated with the Glasgow Boys* in the 1880s, though he was not in much sympathy with the theories of these artists. He was born in Campbeltown, Argyllshire, on 5 December 1863. His father was John Pirie, a physician and surgeon, and his mother was Jane Harvey.

As a child, he moved with his family to Glasgow where his father was a popular and well-known physician. He educated at Glasgow Academy and graduated M.A. at Glasgow University in 1882. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, the Slade School of Art*, and the Académie Julian* in Paris under Gustave Boulanger, Jules Lefebvre, and Emmanuel Frémiet the sculptor.

He painted animals and birds, as well as some landscapes. In the early 1890s, he was in Texas for a period, drawing horses and ranching scenes. He exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy as well as in Scotland and the provinces.

In 1901, he married Jean Wingate in Glasgow. They had two sons and a daughter. The family lived in a large isolated house in Torrance with enough space for all of them to pursue their own interests.  The younger son was the biochemist Norman Wingate Pirie.

George Pirie was knighted in 1937, and died in Torrance on 17 February 1946, aged 82.


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