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Art in Scotland
Arthur Perigal

Born, 1816; died, 5th June 1884.

A popular landscape-painter, and a long, regular, and prolific exhibitor in the Scottish Academy and other exhibitions. He was the son of an English historical painter, a pupil of Fuseli, whose name frequently appears in the Royal Academy catalogues from 18io onwards, and was born in London, but brought early in life to Edinburgh, where he resided till his sudden death at the age of sixty-eight. With some exceptions in regard to Switzerland and Italy, his subjects were mostly from Scottish scenery, which he treated in a crisp, breezy manner, often verging on hardness, but always bold and firm in the handling. He was elected Associate of the Scottish Academy in 1841, and full Academician in 1868, his diploma picture being a Moorland near Kinlochewe in Ross-shire.

He cannot be said to have influenced in any way the development of the art in Scotland, his works being rather suggestive of following in the track of MacCulloch; but his numerous contributions to the exhibitions of the Scottish Academy, as well as the popularity of his works, render some notice of him necessary here.

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