Robert Eadie

Robert Eadie RSW (Scottish) 1877 – 1954
Windmill at Abbeville, watercolor, signed and inscribed “Abbeville”, 12.5″ x 10.25″ sight, 17.0″ x 14.25 frame

Windmill at Abbeville, watercolor, signed and inscribed "Abbeville".
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Windmill at Abbeville, watercolor, signed and inscribed "Abbeville", framed.
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Estimate: $1500. NFS.

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Excellent condition; re-framed with the original mount and a new molding similar to the original. This watercolor was a gift from former business colleagues, acquired from Cumberland Gallery, Edinburgh, 1972.

Robert Eadie was an elegant portraitist, book illustrator and painter of landscapes, beach and street scenes in oils and water-colours. He was also an engraver, and artist in black and white. Born in Glasgow in 1877 he served his apprenticeship in lithography allied with studies at Glasgow School of Art and in Munich and Paris. His work in oils, water-colour and black and white soon won attention and he became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and before 1914 at the Paris Salon.

He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, of which he was a member. He was prominent in civic life and was elected President of Glasgow Art Club.

Robert Eadie was an illustrator of books including publications for the Grant Educational Co Ltd in 1930, The Face of Glasgow, published in 1938, and The Face of Edinburgh, published in 1939. His paintings also preface The University of Glasgow Library: Friendly Shelves published in 2016. Further drawings are prominently used in Glasgow’s Blythswood published in 2021.

An illustrated public catalogue of his work is maintained by the Romiley Arts Federation. Source for biographical data: Wikipedia.

Note: About the only regret I have with respect to my collecting “career” is that I was unable to acquire additional Eadie paintings. I did try, but was the underbidder on two occasions and saw few of his works while I was collecting. Maybe in another life?

Also by this artist:

Edinburgh Skyline at Sunset – Oil painting
Trace Horses – Watercolor
Ayr, Scotland – Railway Poster (London, Midlands, Scotland)


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