Cowan Dobson

Scottish (1894 - 1980)
Cowan Dobson Henry John Dobson, 1858 - 1928. Artist 1923 © The Estate of the Artist


Born 1894
Died 1980
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Bradford

Born in Bradford to Scottish parents, Dobson spent most of his life in Scotland. He studied in Edinburgh and exhibited from a young age; at the Royal Academy from the age of nineteen and the Royal Scottish Academy from twenty-three. Dobson’s portraits focused on the ordinariness of his subjects, despite many of them being society sitters from Scotland and London. He worked in both oil and watercolour.