Independent & Individualist - Art in Dundee 1867-1924

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    This lavishly illustrated book explores in detail the period when Dundee was recognised as one of the major art centres of Britain. In the late 19th century, the city staged the largest exhibitions of art outside London and hosted some of the most ambitious private art collections in Scotland. Following a significant development in art education, the number of professional artists working in the city increased dramatically. Thanks to the unique talents of John Duncan, Stewart Carmichael, George Dutch Davidson and others, Dundee developed a distinctive new style of art, a fusion of symbolism, decorative art and the Celtic Revival. The city also produced exceptional talents working in landscapes and portraiture, such as David Foggie, Frank Laing and W B Lamond. At the same time, there was a boom in commercial art as Dundee became an important centre for newspaper and magazine illustration.

    This is the first time that Dundee’s art culture has been studied in depth, placing the city’s artistic outputs in a social, economic and political context. One London critic described Dundee’s artists as a “fiercely independent and individualist school”, which has often led them to be overlooked by art historians. This book seeks to re-establish the significance of Dundee as “perhaps the most vital centre of art appreciation in Scotland.”‌

    The book was nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2016. It has been described by art historian Elizabeth Cumming as "One of the most important books on Scottish art to have emerged in a long time" and by critic Duncan Macmillan as "A richly informative book... a valuable addition to the story of Scottish art".
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDundee
    PublisherAbertay Historical Society
    Number of pages232
    ISBN (Print)978-0-900019-56-2
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015


    • FINE ART
    • Art history
    • Dundee

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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