James McIntosh Patrick 1907-1998

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McIntosh Patrick's subject was an archetypal Scottish pastoral landscape, one that has been cultivated by man for hundreds of years. 'Man-made, not God-made' is how he is said to have liked nature. McIntosh Patrick made a virtue of the irregular; dry-stone dykes snaking their way around fields, the outline of trees on a horizon, painted in sharp detail giving his vistas an unusual clarity. The influence of old masters such as Breughel and Mantegna are easily apparent in his pictures but so too are contemporary painters such as Frederick Cayley Robinson.