John Pettie

1839–1893

John Pettie, ‘The Vigil’ exhibited 1884
The Vigil exhibited 1884
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Biography

John Pettie RA (Edinburgh 17 March 1839 – 21 February 1893 Hastings) was a Scottish painter who spent most of his career in England. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1866 and a full academician in 1874.

As an enthusiastic amateur musician, he helped the career of the young composer Hamish MacCunn by organizing concerts for him in his own studio. MacCunn, who would marry his daughter Alison in 1888, also served as a model for many of his paintings and sketches in various distinctive occasions.

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