Thomas Faed

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Thomas Faed (1887)
by John Pettie
Burns and Highland Mary by Thomas Faed c.1850
Faults on Both Sides (1861)
Tate Gallery.

Thomas Faed RSA (1826–1900) was a Scottish painter who is said to have done for Scottish art what Robert Burns did for Scottish song.[1]

Faed was born on 8 June 1826, in Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, and was the brother of John Faed.[2]

He received his art education in the school of design, Edinburgh and was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1849. He went to London three years later, was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1861, and academician in 1864, and retired in 1893. He had much success as a painter of domestic genre, and had considerable executive capacity.

Three of his pictures, The Silken Gown, Faults on Both Sides, and The Highland Mother are in the Tate Gallery and a further two, Highland Mary and The Reaper hang in the Aberdeen Art Gallery. The Last of the Clan, completed in 1865 and arguably his best known work, is in the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.[3] He produced several versions of this work, including a smaller version now in The Fleming Collection.[4] Two other celebrated pictures are The Motherless Bairn and Scott and His Literary Friends at Abbotsford.[5]

He died in London on 17 August 1900.


  1. ^ "The Mitherless Bairn". Halifax, West Yorkshire, England: Calderdale Council. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ McKay, William D. (1906). "the Faed brothers". The Scottish School of Painting. London: Duckworth and Co. pp. 443–449.
  3. ^ "Thomas Faed: 1826 - 1900" Scotgaz. Retrieved 6 May 2008.
  4. ^ The Fleming Collection Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Faed, Thomas" . The New Student's Reference Work . 1914.

The book "THE FAEDS" by Mary McKerrow published 1982 provides much information on Thomas Faed and the other Faed artists. It also contains many photographs of the artist's paintings. This is out of print but may be found in libraries.

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