Nisbet, Robert Buchan RSA, RSW (Scottish)
1857 - 1942
Sheep Grazing, watercolor, signed initials l/l,
6.5"x11.75" sight, 10" x 15.25" frame.
About the Painting:Very good condition; ready to hang and enjoy! The painting was acquired from a Scottish collector. A prime example of the artist's best work.
About the Artist: Robert Buchan Nisbet RSA RSW (1857-1942) was born in Edinburgh, the son of a house painter, he worked at first in a shipping office before turning to art around 1880. he joined his older brother, also a well listed artist, Pollok Sinclair Nisbet, in Venice c1881 before enrolling at the RSA schools 1882-1885. He later studied in Paris under Bouguereau. For a short period he painted in oil, but soon gave this up to paint solely in watercolour, in which he was influenced by the broad styles of de Wint and Cox. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of painters in watercolour in 1887 and became a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1902. In The Dictionary of Scottish Painters Halsby and Harris submit that "his best works are his smaller landscapes in which he achieved rich, sonorous tones and great sense of light." Halsby likens Nisbet's work to that of the Borders artist Tom Scott who was also a fantastic watercolourist.
Note: In 1970, I visited the achieves of the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to view watercolors by Robert Buchan Nisbet. The curator shared a box of unframed watercolors by Nisbet, one of which was similar to the painting featured here. It, too, was initialed by the artist who's work, like de Wint, is "signed all over" - Nisbet being distinctive among Scottish watercolorists. The presentation of the painting will be enhanced by re-framing with a relatively wide mat and a narrow molding.
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