Artist biography

Arthur MELVILLE 1855–1904

Scottish landscape and figure painter in oils and watercolour. Born 10 April 1855 at Loanhead-of-Guthrie, Angus. Attended evening classes at the Trustees' School, Edinburgh, and studied under J. Campbell Noble 1871–5; also in Paris at the Académie Julian 1878–81. Exhibited at the R.S.A. from 1875 (A.R.S.A. 1886) and the R.A. 1878–96; R.W.S. 1900. Also exhibited at the Glasgow Institute and the Grosvenor Gallery. Travelled in the Near East, India and Persia 1881–2. Returned to Edinburgh late 1882 and was soon in touch with artists of the future ‘Glasgow School’. Moved to London 1889. Made several visits to Spain and Morocco from 1891 and to Venice from 1894. Died 28 August 1904 at his house at Whitley, Surrey, from typhoid contracted in Spain. Memorial exhibitions at the R.I., Newcastle, Glasgow and Nottingham 1906–7.

Lit: Romilly Feddon, ‘Arthur Melville, R.W.S. (1855–1904)’ and Basil S. Long, ‘List of Works exhibited by Arthur Melville’, in The Old Water-Colour Society's Club, I, 1924; Agnes E. Mackay, Arthur Melville, R.W.S., A.R.S.A., 1855–1904, 1951.


Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II