Sir William Fettes Douglas The Spell 1864


Born 1822
Died 1891
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Newburgh

A self-taught painter, William Fettes Douglas worked as a bank clerk in Edinburgh for ten years. He was a keen antiquarian and collector, and his interests in those fields influenced his choice of subject matter which sometimes included alchemy, astrology and magic. Enormously learned, he was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Scotland in 1877 and five years later, President of the Royal Scottish Academy.