James Whitelaw Hamilton (1860-1932) RSA, RSW was a Scottish artist, member of the Glasgow School, of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and of the New English Art Club.
Cattle Grazing in a Meadow, c1910
He was born in Glasgow, where he studied before moving to Paris, where he became a pupil of Aimé Morot and of Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret. Returning to Scotland in 1884, he spent time at Cocksburnpath with other future Glasgow Boys James Guthrie, Joseph Crawhall and Arthur Melville. In 1887 he was elected a member of the New English Art club, exhibiting at their annual exhibitions in London. He also showed regularly with the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, of which he was honorary secretary for many years. He became an associate of the RSA in 1911, and a full academician in 1922. He was also a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).
In 1897 he won a gold medal at the Munich International Exhibition, which led to several overseas commissions, including one from Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who appointed him a Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy in 1901.
At the Venice Biennale
Whitelaw Hamilton's work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale at all eight biennales between 1897 and 1910. In 1897, 1899 and 1901 he was part of the Scottish artists' section of the exhibition.
James Whitelaw Hamilton - Ebbing Tide - Google Art Project
His works can be seen in many Scottish, English and overseas public collections, including the following:
Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries
University of Dundee
National Museums Liverpool
the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
the Royal Scottish Academy
the Paisley Institute Museum and Art Gallery
the Neue Pinakothek, Munich
the Saint Louis Art Museum
the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh