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Sholto Johnstone Douglas (1871 – 1958)
Eldest son of a Scottish laird from Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Sholto moved with parental
blessing from his public school to study painting in Dresden. After a life-
Sholto had completed his formal training by the late 1890’s and took up portraiture. His first exhibition of note was at the New English gallery, Piccadilly in 1901, and this was followed by many more, including works at the Royal Academy.
In 1907 he married Miss Bettina Grisewood, granddaughter of Count Messina of Sicily.
He was commissioned to paint the “dazzle” ships during the First World War; fifty-
The family moved to the French Riviera in 1926, in a villa just outside St Raphael, and a complete change in his artistic interest took place. He took to disappearing in the early morning into the Provencal countryside, returning with armfuls of sketches of the pine woods, olive trees and farmsteads, often with little solitary figures in the middle distance.
He returned to England at the outbreak of the Second World War and after several moves, he settled in Beccles in Suffolk, and continued painting until his death in 1958.
Sholto Douglas (1871 -
22cm x 26cm