Artist biography

Edwin ALEXANDER 1870–1926

Painter of animals, birds and flowers, mainly in watercolour; influenced by Japanese painting. Born 1 February 1870 in Edinburgh, eldest son of Robert Alexander, R.S.A., from whom he received his early art training. Accompanied his father to Tangier 1887 and on his return studied at the Royal Institution, Edinburgh, 1887–8 and in Paris under the sculptor Frémiet 1891. Visited Egypt in 1893–6 with Erskine Nicol, working in the desert. Elected A.R.W.S. 1899, A.R.S.A 1902, R.W.S. 1910, R.S.W. 1911; and R.S.A. 1913. Visited Holland where he drew in the Amsterdam Zoo 1913. The last eight years of his career were marred by ill-health. Died at Musselburgh 23 April 1926.

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