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Sir George Reid

(1841-1913), Portrait and landscape painter

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 16 portraits
Sir George Reid was born in Aberdeen and worked first as a lithographer before moving to Edinburgh in 1862 to study at the Trustees' Academy. In 1866, supported by the Aberdeen collector, John Forbes White, he went to Holland to study under the landscape and genre painter, Gerrit Mollinger. He became a close friend of Jozef Israels. He returned to Scotland in 1869, producing landscapes and portraits influenced by both Dutch and French contemporary painting. He was elected president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1891.

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Sir George Reid, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x12795

Sir George Reid

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, after 1891
NPG x12795

Sir George Reid, by Elliott & Fry, published by  Ogden's - NPG x136546

Sir George Reid

by Elliott & Fry, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x136546


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Barbara Amell

11 October 2018, 06:00

George Reid painted the portrait of the author George MacDonald in January 1868 when MacDonald was in Aberdeen on his lecture tour of Scotland. The biography notice above states that Reid returned to Scotland in 1869, but he was certainly living again in Aberdeen by late December 1867. This is documented by MacDonald family letters, as well as by the Aberdeen press.