John Duncan, RSA, RSW.

John Duncan was born in Dundee, Scotland, the son of a cattle dealer, and was studying at the Dundee School of Art by the age of eleven. He was a great experimenter with techniques and much of his work is in tempera. His subject-matter was rooted in the Celtic Revival and the Pre-Raphaelite tradition, but he also painted 'straight' landscapes. Many regarded him as a mystic, and he confessed to hearing 'fairy music' while he painted. His interest in Celtic Revival was also shared by the Scottish singer Marjory Kennedy-Fraser; they eventually became close friends and Duncan painted her while on a trip to Eriskay in 1905. His dreamy, mystical nature led him to fall in love with a woman whom he believed to have discovered the Holy Grail in a well in Glastonbury. This painting is presented in its original arts and crafts frame.



Scottish Landscape

John Duncan, RSA, RSW.

Scottish 1866 - 1945


Oil on Canvas


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