William Miller

William Miller (Scottish) fl. 1920-40
Windy Day on the Cornish Coast, watercolor/gouache, signed l/l,
18″ x 27.5″ sight, 22″ x 31.5″ frame

Windy Day on the Cornish Coast, watercolor/gouache.
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Windy Day on the Cornish Coast, watercolor/gouache, framed.
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Estimate: $850. NFS.

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Excellent Condition; presented in a gold gilt frame which is original to the painting, c. 1935, and bears an Aitken Dott label. Aitken Dott, now known as The Scottish Gallery was established in South St. David Street, Edinburgh by Aitken Dott in 1842. Since their founding, the Gallery has featured works of Scotland’s foremost contemporary artists. This watercolor was acquired at auction from Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, in the mid-1970s.

William Miller’s work appears regularly in the British art market and there is a listing for him in at least one art reference book. He painted landscape, seascape, and allegorical subjects in oil, watercolor, gray wash, and pen and ink – pre WWII. His drawing was exceptionally strong . A brown wash drawing of Edinburgh Castle (previously in this collection) was signed “William Miller” and may have been executed by a William Miller born Edinburgh, Scotland 1796 – died Sheffield, England 1882. That Miller was an engraver of landscapes and figures. He studied in Edinburgh and London and from 1821 worked in Edinburgh. The possibility of the artists being father and son should be considered, given the similarity of subjects, style, and signature.

Also in this collection: George Street, Edinburgh, from St. Andrew Street (pen and ink) and Jubilee Clock, South Queensferry (monochrome wash); both signed and dated, unframed – NFS.

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Also by this artist:

Punting beneath trees – Oil on canvas
Figures in a Spring Landscape, 1925 – Watercolor
Scottish National War Memorial, 1928 – Pen and ink


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