Person NameHutchison; Sir; William Oliphant (1889-1970); landscape and portrait painter
ForenamesWilliam Oliphant
Epithetlandscape and portrait painter
ActivitySir William Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970), landscape and portrait painter, was born on 2 July 1889 in Kirkcaldy, the son of Henry William Hutchison and his wife Sarah Hannah Key. He was educated at Kirkcaldy High School and at Rubgy School. In 1911, following a period in Paris and a spell in the timber business, he enrolled at the Edinburgh College of Art. During the First World War he was severely injured. He was demobilised in 1918 and in that year married Margery Walton. In 1921 they moved from Edinburgh to London. There Hutchison exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and became friends with James Pryde (), artist. From 1933-1943 Hutchison was director of the Glasgow School of Art. He was elected Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1937 and full academician in 1943. In 1950 he became President of the Royal Scottish Academy and remained so until 1959. He was knighted in 1953. He removed to London thereafter and from 1965 was President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He painted numerous portraits of many distinguished people including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother. He died suddenly at home in London on 5 February 1970.
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