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This artist worked primarily as a portraitist, making his name in those subjects in the ten years before the First World War. However he also painted landscapes such as scenes of the Solway Firth which appeared to be influenced by the work of Philip Wilson Steer who he knew while at the Slade.
Sholto Johnstone Douglas was born in Edinburgh and studied in Paris, Antwerp and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His works include the painting of pictures of "dazzle" ships during the first world war and fifty-
Note that he was a member of the well known Scottish family that included John Sholto Douglas, 8th Marquess of Queensbury (1844-
An obituary of Sholto Douglas appeared in The Times newspaper in March 1958. To quote some extracts from this: "He was also a man who, in human terms, led a long life notable for its unassuming expression of civilized values. As a portrait painter he may be said to have belonged to the period of Sargent. But his vision and style were his own. Incidentally, he made Royal Academy history by introducing for the first time a motor car to its walls. But his enduring works will perhaps be his landscapes.....they portrayed, with a truly poetic sense of atmosphere, the subtle half-
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