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Robert Gemmel HUTCHISON 1855 - 1936

Biography

Born in 1855, Robert Gemmel Hutchison primarily painted children and genre scenes in Scottish landscapes. Although he began his career as an engraver of seals, Hutchison went on to study art at the Board of Manufactures School in Edinburgh. However, rather than fall under the influence of movements such as the Edinburgh School, Hutchison drew his inspiration from traditional Dutch genre painting and also from the Faed Brothers, two fellow Scottish artists.

Hutchison exhibited widely across Britain, and was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1895. Shortly afterwards, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and became a Member in 1911.

The Coast Scene with a Girl presented here neatly displays the key characteristics of Hutchison's style. The muted colours preserve the vulnerability and casual innocence of the child subject, in contrast with the broad brushstrokes, which suggest a cool breeze disturbing the tranquillity, as well as the diffuse effects of sunlight.