Sir William MacTaggart FRSE RSA


Flowers for Fanny by Sir William MacTaggart
Flowers for Fanny
(Oil on board, 1954)

William MacTaggart was born in Loanhead, the grandson of William McTaggart, also a painter. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, visited Paris, then set up a studio in Edinburgh. With fellow ECA graduates William Gillies, William Crozier and William Geissler he started an exhibiting society - the 1922 Group.  Anne Redpath and John Maxwell were also contemporaries and friends. This group later became known as the Edinburgh School. He was also a younger member of the Society of Eight which included Scottish Colourists Peploe and Cadell. In 1931 he was influenced by a Munch exhibition in Edinburgh, and in 1937 married the Norwegian Fanny Aavatsmark, organiser of that exhibition. This is one of two MacTaggart works in the collection.

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