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Sir James Lawton WINGATE 1846 - 1924

Biography

Sir James Lawton Wingate was a leading Scottish painter in the late nineteenth century. Although he began his working life as a commercial clerk, initially influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and taking drawing lessons on the side, he first exhibited in 1864 and his successful reception encouraged him to pursue a career in the arts. After a tour of Italy from 1867-8, he settled in Edinburgh and developed his skills with landscapes and woodland scenes, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy. As his career developed, he painted in an increasingly impressionistic style, and after 1880 exhibited regularly at the RSA. In 1919, he was elected president of the Royal Scottish Academy, and resigned shortly before his death in 1924.