A charming Arts & Crafts period watercolour of a house, titled, `Whiteholm, Gullane`; signed and dated July 1907 by the artist John Keppie.
John Keppie ARSA RSA FRIBA (1863-1945), architect & artist, was born in Glasgow, and studied at Glasgow University and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. In 1889 Keppie went into partnership with John Honeyman in the firm Honeyman & Keppie and a design by one of his then juniors (and later partner), Charles Rennie Mackintosh, won the contract to build the Glasgow School of Art. However, at the time this painting was undertaken, Mackintosh had become a full partner of the firm. Among the buildings designed by him are those of the Glasgow Herald Mitchell Street buildings and those of the Daily Record. His watercolours are particularly effective as he was both a very accomplished artist and draughtsman.
Of additional great interest is the subject matter; Whiteholm, in Gullane, designed by none other than Sir Robert Lorimer, for his client, A Spottiswoode Ritchie ~ a new harled house and garden layout, the designs started in 1904 and completed in c1906.
h: 10” w: 12” excluding frame
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