Andrew Geddes 1783 - 1844: A Man of Pure Taste (paperback)
This is the first art book to consider the full range of Scottish artist Andrew Geddes’s work as painter, printmaker and collector. Andrew Geddes is one of the most versatile and underrated Scottish artists of the first half of the nineteenth century. Helen Smailes, Curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Scotland, assesses Geddes’s achievements as a painter and also his importance as one of the most elusive dealer-collectors of Northern European Old Master paintings, prints and drawings. It was this connoisseurship that earned him both the respect and the friendship of Sir Thomas Lawrence and the epithet ‘A Man of Pure Taste’, from the history painter, Benjamin Robert Haydon.
In addition, Peter Black, Curator of the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, considers Geddes as the herald of the etching revival and Lesley A. Stevenson, of the Conservation Department of the National Galleries of Scotland, examines Geddes’s technique in the context of nineteenth-century British painting.
Andrew Geddes, portrait painter and print-maker, was born in Edinburgh and attended Edinburgh University. He worked as a clerk for five years; only after his father's death was he able to study at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He returned to Edinburgh in 1810 and set up a portrait studio; he was back in London by 1814. With a fine sense of texture and colour, Geddes excelled at 'fancy pictures' - portraits of sitters dressed in exotic costume. His European travels enriched his art, in particular, a visit to Holland in 1839, where he admired the etched work of Rembrandt. Geddes was also an important collector of Old Master drawings, paintings and prints.
21.5 x 24.5 cm
135 printed pages
National Galleries of Scotland
Helen Smailes, Peter Black and Lesley Stevenson