James McIntosh Patrick

Traquair House (1938)

About this artwork

This painting is one of several executed in the late-1930s, which show large Scottish houses or castles. It depicts Traquair House, which is situated near Peebles, south of Edinburgh. The work is painted in the precise and detailed style, for which the artist is renowned. The house dates substantially from the seventeenth century, though it has much earlier parts. The artist and his family regularly spent their holidays in the Peebles area in the 1930s. According to his usual practice, McIntosh Patrick made direct sketches and watercolours at Traquair House and used these as the basis for the oil painting, which was executed in his Dundee studio.

James McIntosh Patrick

James McIntosh Patrick

James McIntosh Patrick was born in Dundee. He displayed a facility for painting and drawing from an early age and went on to study at Glasgow School of Art from 1924 to 1928. By his mid-twenties he had won national recognition as a printmaker of highly detailed landscape panoramas and townscapes. When the print market slumped in the early 1930s he resumed oil painting, choosing mainly landscapes in and around the Dundee area. These paintings were executed with a painstaking attention to detail, but the artist would often rearrange the topography, shifting mountains, changing scale and altering perspective for pictorial ends.