Self portrait, Night, c.1910

SKU: 5937
Charcoal on brown paper with highlights in white

Height – 22.7cm
Width – 17.8cm


Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.277.

Many artists, especially within the  Northern Europen tradition, made self portraits by  candlelit, most famously Rembrandt and Joseph Wright of Derby.

Painter and printmaker born in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire into the artistic Paterson family a son of the Scottish Royal Academician James Paterson. Hamish as he was always known studied at the Edinburgh College of Art but, before starting in 1910 spent a year in the architectural offices of Lorimer in Edinburgh and another year working as a stained glass designer for James Ballantyne. During World War I Hamish, a 2nd Lieutenant with the 9th Royal Scots Regiment was injured in France. Recovered, he was commissioned by the Duke of Atholl to paint the Duchess at Blair Castle. Hamish’s uncle William Bell Paterson, (1859-1952) gave him an exhibition at his eponymous London gallery in Old Bond Street in 1922 which helped boost his credibility, especially as a portrait painter. His other sitters included David Lloyd George and many titled people. But, instead of pursuing portraits, Paterson chose to live in France painting landscapes. In 1926 he went to paint at Cassis and exhibited at the Scottish Society of Artists. Although not a member, he exhibited at the Society of Artist Printmakers from 1935 to 1940.

Hamish showed at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. His work was represented in the Paterson Family exhibition at Belgrave Gallery, London in 1977 and in the Paterson Family exhibition staged at the Lillie Art Gallery in 1983 which was funded by the Scottish Arts Council. Examples of his work are in the collections of the National Gallery of Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and the Hunterian, Glasgow. Hamish died at Moniaive, Dumfries and is buried next to his father.

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