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Bannatyne, John James

John James Bannatyne (1836 - 1911) was born in Scotland and is known for his landscape paintings, using both oil and watercolour. He favoured views of Scottish lochs and hills.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1869 until 1886 and also at Suffolk Street (now the Mall Galleries) and the Royal Watercolour Society, as well as the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

The Glasgow Herald (4 April 1898) informed readers about a forthcoming auction of pictures at Walter J. Buchanan’s Renfield Street gallery. The artist was John James Bannatyne and the notice included the following remarks:

“There are 88 works in all, including a few water-colour drawings. Mr Bannatyne, however, is more than anything else a painter in oils, who finds his subjects in Scotland, its lochs and seas and commons. His sympathies lie in the direction of nature under sunshine. His method is frank and direct, careful and finished. The walls of the gallery are covered by canvases in which refined realism is generally aimed at and secured. There is, moreover, considerable diversity of subject. The artist is clearly in love with the sea and the everlasting hills, but there are also stretches of common, in golden bloom, and red-roofed, sunlit villages which gladden the eye. Effects of sunlight and shadow, of trailing mist, of still water and wind-impelled sea, are obtained with artistic grace, and in sky and distance and atmosphere the pictures are equally accomplished.” 

The pictures listed in the advertisement include: Crossing the Common; The Mussel-Gatherer; The Head of Glenfalloch; Islay from the Kintyre Coast; Iona; After a Storm; and Lochranza.


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