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James McBEY 1883 - 1959

Biography

Born in Aberdeenshire, James McBey was a self-taught artist and etcher, best known for his prints, which coincided with an etching revival in the 20th century. After training himself in various techniques, in 1911 he gained an exhibition opportunity at the Goupil Gallery, London. From this point on his prints were published in London and Glasgow, and during the First World War McBey was appointed official war artist to the Palestine Expeditionary Force. McBey's work is held in a variety of galleries across the UK and beyond, with Aberdeen Art Gallery holding the vast majority.