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David Foggie, 1878 - 1948. Artist (Self-portrait)
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David Foggie, 1878 - 1948. Artist (Self-portrait) 1945

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This self-portrait shows Scottish artist David Foggie. It was made three years before his death, at a time when Foggie had retired as a teacher at Edinburgh College of Art but was still active as Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy. As a teacher of Life Drawing, Foggie had always stressed the importance of accomplished and accurate drawing skills and this quality can be found in many of his own portrait drawings. A number of these were donated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery by his wife Margaret (Mary) in 1955 and 1962. After her death in 1975, this self-portrait was gifted to the galleries by Foggie’s son Angus. Its sincere portrayal and modest style would have been appreciated in the 1920s and ‘30s, but by the 1940s they were seen as rather old-fashioned.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. PG 2311
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 45.90 x 35.70 cm (framed: 57.60 x 47.70 cm)
  • Credit Given by A. Foggie 1975