MURRAY, Sir David

1849 - 1933

Sir David Murray

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 29 January 1849, son of James Murray, a shoemaker. Educated at Glasgow and studied in evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art under Robert Greenlees (1820-1894), whilst working for two mercantile firms for some 10 years before devoting himself full-time as a landscape painter from about 1875. He became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1881, moving to London the following year where he was an immediate success. His 'My Love has gone a-Sailing' exhibited in 1884 was purchased by the Chantrey Trustees for the Tate Gallery. About 1886 he broadened his horizons and travelled to the continent, but most of his work was done in Scotland or England. In 1891 Murray was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy and a full member in 1905. He was also a member of Glasgow Art Club and exhibited in the club's annual exhibitions and in 1917 elected president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and knighted the following year. During his time in London he occupied a studio of Millais at 1 Langham Chambers, Portland Place, London and exhibited an oil at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 'Constable's Mill and Locks, Flatford'. He died at Marylebone, London on 14 November 1933, he was unmarried.

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