Person NameWaterson; David (1870-1954); Artist, Brechin
EpithetArtist, Brechin
ActivityDavid Waterson was born in Brechin in 1870. He trained at the Edinburgh College of Art, and when he returned from there to Brechin at the age of 20 he supported himself with his art. He was made a burgess of the city in 1932 and granted the freedom of the city several weeks before he died in 1954. At some point he also married and, as his obituary notice later said, ""[a] very perfect marriage made the afternoon of his life serenely happy."" He exhibited widely in Dresden in 1906, Brechin in 1911, at the Montrose Museum in 1910 and 1929, and the Walker Art Galleries in Liverpool, and Royal Scottish Academy, as well as the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers where he became an associate in 1901 and full member in 1910. The society’s president Sir Seymour Hadden considered his work to be 'genius'. The King of Sweden was also an admirer and patron of his work. He could have pursued an international career but chose to remain in Brechin where his prints were sold from behind a shop counter. He died 12 April 1954 after a lifetime of painting, etching and engraving landscapes and portraits.
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