John Ford Paterson

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John Ford Paterson (1851 – 30 June 1912) was a ScottishAustralian artist, former president of the Victorian Artists Society.[1]

Paterson was born in Dundee, Scotland and attended the Royal Scottish Academy and exhibited his work while still a teenager. He spent three years in Melbourne, Australia, from 1872 and then returned to Scotland. From 1884, he was again in Melbourne, and gained a reputation as a landscape painter.[1] Paterson renewed his friendship with the Swiss-born landscape painter Louis Buvelot whose en plein air methods suited Paterson.[2] In 1902 Paterson was elected president of the Victorian Artists Society, also in the same year he was appointed a trustee of the public library, museums and National Gallery of Victoria.[1]

At the Victorian Artists Society winter exhibition of 1896, Paterson's 'Evening in the Bush' received excellent notices.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Serle, Percival (1949). "Paterson, John Ford". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Tipping, Marjorie J. (1974). "John Ford Paterson". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 June 2012.