George Ogilvy Reid RSA (Scottish, 1851 – 1928)

Portrait of a Man Reading (1 of 2)

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George Ogilvy Reid RSA (Scottish, 1851 – 1928), oil on canvas, signed lower left, one of a pair of portraits, c. 1860, 13.5″ x 17.5″

Reid, born in Leith, worked as an engraver for ten years and then  devoted himself to painting at the Trustee’s Academy in Edinburgh, the forerunner of the Edinburgh College of Art. As early as 1872, Reid began exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy, where he subsequently became a student and a regular exhibitor. He was elected Associate at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1881 and made a full member ten years later. Primarily a painter of Scottish genre and historical scenes, Reid also painted portraits and landscapes. In 1891 Queen Victoria commissioned him to paint a commemorative picture of the christening of one of her grandsons at Balmoral, a sketch of which is at the National Gallery of Scotland. Also at the National Gallery of Scotland is a portrait of Queen Victoria (1891).

Source: Scottish Painting, Past and Present, 1620-1908, by Sir James Lewis Caw, pub. T. C. and E. C. Jack, 1908

Works:

  • James Russell, First Provost of Motherwell (1865-8), North Lanarkshire Council Collection
  • A. Blair Spence (1814-1895), Dundee Art Gallery
  • Standing Female Nude with Long Brown Hair, Edinburgh College of Art
  • The Baptism of Prince Maurice (sketch), National Gallery of Scotland
  • Self Portrait (1882), Gordon Highlanders Museum
  • Queen Victoria (oil sketch, 1891), National Gallery of Scotland
  • Prince Henry of Battenburg (oil sketch, 1891), Royal Scottish Academy
  • Princess Beatrice of Battenburgh (oil sketch, 1891), Royal Scottish Academy
  • Prince Alexander of Battenburg (oil sketch, 1891), Royal Scottish Academy
  • Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenburg (oil sketch, 1891), Royal Scottish Academy
  • The Baptism of Prince Maurice (1892), Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • After Killiecrankie, the Death of Claverhouse (1897), Royal Scottish Academy
  • 1914 – The Belgians on the March, Glasgow Museums