James Paterson 1854-1932

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In April 1884 James Paterson and his brother Robert married the Ferguson sisters from Hillhead, Glasgow. As a wedding gift, James received a house in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire which became his base for the rest of his life.

 

A growing reputation as a watercolourist was confirmed the following year when he was elected to the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. Confident handling of the medium mirrored that of Melville, and was perhaps the by-product of lengthy training in the Paris ateliers.