James Whitelaw Hamilton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

James Whitelaw Hamilton (1860-1932) RSA, RSW was a Scottish artist, member of the Glasgow School, of the Royal Scottish Academy[1] (RSA) and of the New English Art Club.

Cattle Grazing in a Meadow, c1910


He was born in Glasgow, where he studied before moving to Paris, where he became a pupil of Aimé Morot and of Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret.[2] Returning to Scotland in 1884, he spent time at Cocksburnpath with other future Glasgow Boys James Guthrie, Joseph Crawhall and Arthur Melville. In 1887 he was elected a member of the New English Art club, exhibiting at their annual exhibitions in London. He also showed regularly with the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, of which he was honorary secretary for many years.[3] He became an associate of the RSA in 1911, and a full academician in 1922. He was also a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).

In 1897 he won a gold medal at the Munich International Exhibition, which led to several overseas commissions, including one from Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who appointed him a Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy in 1901.

At the Venice Biennale[edit]

Whitelaw Hamilton's work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale at all eight biennales between 1897 and 1910.[4] In 1897, 1899 and 1901 he was part of the Scottish artists' section of the exhibition.[5]

James Whitelaw Hamilton - Ebbing Tide - Google Art Project


His works can be seen in many Scottish, English and overseas public collections, including the following:[6]


  1. ^ "James Whitelaw Hamilton - RSA Scottish Art". educationscotland.gov.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ "The Arts – James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA – Heroes Centre". heroescentre.co.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  3. ^ Glasgow University manuscript collection
  4. ^ British Council. "British Council − British Pavilion in Venice". britishcouncil.org. Archived from the original on 15 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ British Council. "British Council − British Pavilion in Venice". britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  6. ^ 24 paintings by or after James Whitelaw Hamilton, Art UK
  7. ^ "Full text of "Catalogue of pictures by the Glasgow painters : exhibition held under the auspices of the Toronto Art Museum and the Ontario Society of Artists : open from April 20th to May 15th, 1906 at the Art Galleries ..."". archive.org. Retrieved 5 August 2015.