Miller, William (Scottish)
Windy Day on the Cornish Coast, watercolor/gouache, signed l/l,
18" x 27.5" sight, 22" x 31.5" frame.
|Excellent Condition. The complimentary frame is believed to be original to the painting, c. 1935, and bears an Aitken Dott label. Aitken Dott, now known at The Scottish Gallery, was established in South St. David Street, Edinburgh by Aitken Dott in 1842. Since their founding, the Gallery has featured works of Scotland's foremost contemporary painters, and they may have represented William Miller (a question could probably be easily answered simple by asking!). This watercolor was purchased from Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, in the early 1970s. It had a label for a local storage company and judging by the fine condition may have languished there for many years before being consigned to auction.
William Miller is less well known than his contemporaries, though the quality of his work is no less impressive. His paintings appeared frequently in Edinburgh during the 1970s. He may have been an aspiring artist who did not survive WWII, as all of his paintings I've seen were executed prior to 1939. He is known to have painted seascapes, landscapes and allegorical subjects in watercolor and gray wash - also pen and ink. The draughtsmanship of his work is outstanding.
Thistle Fine Art
Rockport, MA 01966