ARTIST: John McDougal (1851 – 1945)
(Exhibited 1880 – 1934)
TITLE: “Fishermen’s Cottages by the Coast. Possibly Cemaes Bay, Anglesey”
MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper 16.1/2” x 29.1/4”
Signed lower Left and dated 1892.
REF: KFA 584 (SOLD)
John McDougal was born in Liverpool in 1851. Before he was fourteen, he was working in a cotton merchants office, and it was while he was employed there that Mr W S Caine, a prominent Liverpool figure who was later to become Member of Parliament for Scarborough, noticed some of his sketches and took John to see John Finney, headmaster of the Liverpool Institute. John McDougal was persuaded to take up painting on a full time basis. He was a prolific watercolour artist and had his own studio in Liverpool. In 1900 he and his family moved to Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, Wales where he set up his studio and continued to paint until he lost his sight later in his life. He died in 1945.
John McDougal lived at Cemaes near Amlwch from 1900 and this scene looks distinctly as though it might be of this area. He had a brilliant career as an artist showing a remarkable total of 273 works over 54 years as follows: The Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham 8. Fine Art Society 1. Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts 7. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 117. Manchester City Art gallery 7. Royal Academy 26. Royal Society of British Artists 4. Royal Cambrian Academy 88. Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 6. Royal Scottish Academy 2. Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours 7.