David Waterson

James Scott Skinner, 1843 - 1927. Violinist and composer

About this artwork

James Scott Skinner was a renowned violinist and one of the great composers for the Scottish fiddle. He was born in Banchory, near Aberdeen, and studied music in Manchester. He returned to Aberdeen and taught dancing throughout the north of Scotland, including at Balmoral when it was Queen Victoria’s home. Meanwhile his fame as a solo violinist spread so rapidly that he eventually gave up dancing to concentrate on composing and performance. Known as the ‘Strathspey King’, Skinner achieved immense popularity with his prolific output of strathspeys and reel tunes. He was one of the first recording artists in Scotland and many of his tunes are well-known even today.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    David WatersonScottish (1870 - 1954)
  • title:
    James Scott Skinner, 1843 - 1927. Violinist and composer
  • date created:
    Dated 1912
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    73.70 x 55.80 cm; Framed: 86.00 x 69.00 x 8.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1962
  • accession number:
    PG 2024
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  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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David Waterson

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