Artist biography

Sir William MacTAGGART b. 1903

Scottish still-life and landscape painter. Born 15 May 1903 at Loanhead, Midlothian; grandson of William McTaggart. Studied at the Edinburgh College of Art 1917–20 and abroad. One of the founders of the 1922 Group. S.S.A. 1922; President 1934–6. Exhibited at the R.S.A. from 1929; A.R.S.A. 1937, R.S.A. 1948, Secretary 1955 and P.R.S.A. 1959. Hon. R.A. and Hon. R.S.W.S. First one-man exhibitions in France at Cannes 1924, in Scotland at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1929, and in Norway at the Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 1955. Member of the Board of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, the Scottish Committee of the Arts Council, the Scottish Advisory Committee of the I.T.A. and the Edinburgh Festival Society. Knighted 1962.

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