John Campbell Mitchell RSA (1862-1922)

Born Campbeltown, Argyll; died Edinburgh 15 February 1922. Painter in oil and occasionally watercolour; landscapes and marine scenes.

Started life in a lawyer’s office but at age of 22 abandoned his legal career and entered Edinburgh College of Art where he worked in the RSA Life class and later in Paris under Benjamin Constant. On his return to Scotland 1890 he settled in Edinburgh where he remained for the rest of his life. First exhibited at the RSA 1886 and in 1901 spent some time in Galloway developing a great attraction for and technique in portraying changeable skies. Painted large expanses of moorland and rolling countryside as well as wide expanses of beach and ocean. Had a strong feeling for sunlight and fluctuating shadow.

Elected ARSA 1904, RSA 1918.

Exhibited RA (8), RSA (99), RSW (2), GI (67), AAS & L (3).

Represented in Aberdeen Art Gallery, Glasgow AG, City of Edinburgh collection, Walker AG (Liverpool) and Manchester AG.

Biography - Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture - Peter J M McEwan