Dugold Sutherland McColl 1859-1949
Oil on board
Signed lower right "D.S.M."
4 x 59.5cm
Keeper of the Tate, 1907-1911 and Wallace Collection, 1911-1924; early British exponent of French Impressionism. MacColl was the son of the Reverend Dugald MacColl (1826–1882) and Janet Scott Mathieson (MacColl) (d. 1895). He was educated at Glasgow Academy (graduated in 1869), and between 1873 and 1876 at University College School, Hampstead. He entered University College, London in 1876 graduating with his MA in 1881. He joined Lincoln College, Oxford, that year, earning the Newdigate prize for poetry in 1882. Beginning in 1887 he took a study trip for art, travelling in Italy, Greece, Germany, Holland, and Belgium, returning in 1889. He met and reputedly proposed marriage to the early woman classical art scholar Jane Harrison. In England, MacColl studied art under Frederick Brown at the Westminster School of Art. This landed him a job as art critic to The Spectator.between 1890 and 1896. At the 1893 launch of the Goupil Gallery, MacColl regularly exhibited there and at the New English Art Club.