William Cochran (artist)

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William Cochran (1738–1785) was a Scottish painter.

Cochran was born at Strathearn in Clydesdale, and received his first instruction at the Academy of Painting at Glasgow, founded by the two celebrated printers, Robert and Andrew Foulis. About 1761 he went to Italy and studied under Gavin Hamilton, and on his return to Glasgow about 1766 he practised portrait painting both in oil and miniature. Some pieces from fable, executed by him when at Rome, are to be found in Glasgow. He was a modest artist, and never exhibited his works, nor put his name to them. He died at Glasgow in 1785, and was buried in the cathedral, where a monument was erected to his memory.


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Cochran, William". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. 

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