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James Coutts Michie (Scottish, 1859-1919)

  • £1,950.00

James Coutts Michie (Scottish, 1859-1919) 

Children Picking Flowers by a River

Oil on Board

  • Signed lower right.
  • Painting - 25.5cm x 36cm
  • Frame - 46cm x 56cm

Notes

A very fine oil painting depicting children picking flowers by a river by Scottish artist James Coutts Michie.  Signed lower right.

Condition

In very fine condition.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

James Coutts Michie was a Scottish painter who specialised in landscapes and portraits.   He was born James Michie at Marywell in the parish of Birse near Aboyne, Scotland, the third son of a merchant, Harry Michie, and Elizabeth Coutts, who had eleven children. He studied under Joseph Farquharson at the Trustee Academy in Edinburgh and later with Carolus-Duran in Paris. He travelled in France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, living in Tangier for several years before settling in England about 1893. Several of his paintings are in the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Amongst these is a painting of Elizabeth Crombie Duthie (1885) who in 1883 gave Duthie Park to the city of Aberdeen in memory of her uncle and brother. Coutts Michie was a member of the Aberdeen Artist's Society and the Society of Scottish Artists. Later he became an adviser to the collector George McCulloch and married his widow, Mary, in 1908. In 1910 they had a country house built at Haslemere in Surrey which they named Oak Hall. Later Oak Hall, which is now a Grade II listed building, became the Wispers School for Girls which closed in 2008 and has been converted into retirement apartments.  McCulloch's art collection included a number of paintings by Coutts Michie, Home from the Hill, now in the Broken Hill Art Gallery NSW, Portrait of Mrs George McCulloch, Harvest, Autumn Sunshine, and a sketch of Mrs Alexander McCulloch.  At the time of his death on 18 December 1919 Coutts Michie was living at Oak Hall in Haslemere, England. Buried Brookwood Cemetery.  Mary, his widow, donated a portrait of Coutts Michie by John Pettie to the Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1920. The image above is part of a larger photograph showing Coutts Michie seated on the edge of a table in front of a large painting The Daphnephoria by Lord Leighton.  Coutts Michie's sister Mary Michie was a watercolourist, flower painter and art teacher; she lived and worked mostly in Aberdeen.