Independent & Individualist:Art in Dundee 1867-1924

Cover of 'Art in Dundee'‌Matthew Jarron, Curator of the University of Dundee Museum Collections has written an in-depth study of Dundee's art culture-placing the city’s artistic outputs in a social, economic and political context for the first time. 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.”‌

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.


Published by the Abertay Historical Society in association with the University of Dundee Museum Services, 2015

ISBN 978-0-900019-56-2

232 pages, 299 illustrations

Price £12

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