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Dorothy Johnstone A.R.S.A

British 1892-1980

Born in Edinburgh in 1892, Dorothy was the daughter of the artist George Johnstone & his wife Jessie Heron. She displayed a talent for art from a young age & in 1908, at the age of just 16, Dorothy became a student at the Edinburgh College of Art.

Johnstone graduated in 1912 & showed such promise that she was given the use of a studio at the college. In the same year Dorothy had her first exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy & in 1914 she went on to become a member of staff at the Edinburgh College of Art.

From the summer of 1915, Dorothy became a regular annual visitor to Kirkcudbright in Galloway. Here she would paint among a number of other artists, largely female, including Jessie M. King the popular Scottish illustrator. In 1919 Dorothy became a member of the re-formed "Edinburgh Group" of artists & in 1924, perhaps the peak year of her artistic career, she mounted a joint exhibition in Edinburgh with fellow artist Cecile Watson.

In the same year Dorothy married another Edinburgh artist, David Sutherland. She continued her portrait painting after her marriage, but gave up her highly promising career as a member of staff at the Edinburgh College of Art. She had a son in 1925 and a daughter in 1928 and moved with her family to Aberdeen in 1933 when David Sutherland was appointed Principal of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, now part of Robert Gordon University.

Dorothy continued to paint, still exhibiting at the age of 70 in 1962, the year in which she was also made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. She returned to Kirkcudbright in 1974 at the age of 82, and made a number of further visits before her death in 1980.

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Lady In Green

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed & Dated 'Dorothy Johnstone, March, 1923 (lower left).

This beautiful painting depicts a lovely young lady who has been unlucky in love. Note the delicate heart detail created by the leaves of the blossom she holds.

The painting was exhibited at the Edinburgh Festival Exhibition in 1987.

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 38.50" x 32.25"

Price: SOLD

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