David Foggie

David Foggie, 1878 - 1948. Artist (Self-portrait) (1945)

About this artwork

This self-portrait shows Scottish artist David Foggie. It was made three years before his death, at a time when Foggie had retired as a teacher at Edinburgh College of Art but was still active as Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy. As a teacher of Life Drawing, Foggie had always stressed the importance of accomplished and accurate drawing skills and this quality can be found in many of his own portrait drawings. A number of these were donated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery by his wife Margaret (Mary) in 1955 and 1962. After her death in 1975, this self-portrait was gifted to the galleries by Foggie’s son Angus. Its sincere portrayal and modest style would have been appreciated in the 1920s and ‘30s, but by the 1940s they were seen as rather old-fashioned.

  • title: David Foggie, 1878 - 1948. Artist (Self-portrait)
  • accession number: PG 2311
  • artist: David FoggieScottish (1878 - 1948)
  • depicted: David Foggie
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Visual arts Self-portrait
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1945
  • measurements: 45.90 x 35.70 cm (framed: 57.60 x 47.70 cm)
  • credit line: Given by A. Foggie 1975
  • copyright: © THE ARTIST’S ESTATE
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

David Foggie

David Foggie

Artist David Foggie was born and educated in Dundee. Between 1898 and 1900 he studied art at Antwerp Academy in Belgium. He briefly moved back home, got married, and returned to the continent once more for further study in Antwerp, Florence and Paris. In 1904 Foggie finally returned to Scotland. He settled in Fife and practised as an artist in Dundee, where he joined and later presided over the Dundee Art Society. In 1919 he moved to Edinburgh and started teaching at Edinburgh College of Art the following year. Foggie was elected a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1930 and became its Secretary from 1932 until his death. He is best known as a figure and portrait painter, although he also produced a great number of delicate landscapes in water-colour.