The Hedgehog

by William Stewart MacGeorge


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 20.1 x 24.0 inches (51.1 x 61.0 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed, inscribed (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on board


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    Edward Atkinson Hornel was to be an influence on MacGeorge’s style, encouraging him to adopt a more decorative style with greater use of impasto and bold colour. His favoured subjects were children at play, his native landscape, fishing and fisher folk.

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    MacGeorge was born at Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, 1861.

    He was a prize winning student at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh and in 1883 he enrolled in Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp alongside his friend and fellow artist, Edward Hornel. There he studied under the Belgian painter Charles Verlat.

    He married Mabel Victoria Elliott, an artist and daughter of the Hon. Hugh Elliott of Corwar, Barrhill, Ayrshire in 1929. They spent the winters in Edinburgh and the summers at Kirkcudbright.

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