William Fettes Douglas
Sir William Fettes Douglas (1822–1891) was a Scottish painter in the nineteenth century.
Douglas was born in 1822, the eldest son of Martha Brook and James Douglas. His father was an accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland. His youngest brother was Charlie Douglas, who after working for the bank for some years went to New Zealand and became a notable explorer.
William Douglas began as a hobbyist, while working at a bank. He became a professional painter at the age of 25. His work features, notably, occult and alchemical subjects, which we see in The Alchemist and in The Spell. William pursued this interest in the occult in his travels to Italy and to "the east" where he acquired antiquarian objects which were of his fascination.
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