David Waterson

James Scott Skinner, 1843 - 1927. Violinist and composer (Dated 1912)

About this artwork

James Scott Skinner was a renowned violinist and one of the great composers for the Scottish fiddle. He was born in Banchory, near Aberdeen, and studied music in Manchester. He returned to Aberdeen and taught dancing throughout the north of Scotland, including at Balmoral when it was Queen Victoria’s home. Meanwhile his fame as a solo violinist spread so rapidly that he eventually gave up dancing to concentrate on composing and performance. Known as the ‘Strathspey King’, Skinner achieved immense popularity with his prolific output of strathspeys and reel tunes. He was one of the first recording artists in Scotland and many of his tunes are well-known even today.

  • title: James Scott Skinner, 1843 - 1927. Violinist and composer
  • accession number: PG 2024
  • artist: David WatersonScottish (1870 - 1954)
  • depicted: James Scott Skinner
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Music
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: Dated 1912
  • measurements: 73.70 x 55.80 cm (framed: 86.00 x 69.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1962
  • copyright: © The Estate of the Artist
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

David Waterson

David Waterson

David Waterson was a Scottish artist who worked as a painter, engraver and watercolourist. He was born in Brechin and except for his student years in Edinburgh and two visits to Paris he spent all of his working life in his native town. He exhibited locally as well as at the Walker Art Galleries in Liverpool and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. In 1910 he became a full member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. Waterson’s work was fairly well-known in his time and his work commercially quite successful. Although his choice of subjects changed little during the course of his career, the style in which he painted changed from fluid and moody to increasingly detailed and even pointillist in appearance.