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Scottish painter, grandson of William McTaggart (1835–1910), who had been the leading Scottish landscape painter of his period. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, 1918–21, and in the 1920s regularly visited the south of France for the sake of his health. His work—mainly landscapes and still-lifes—was much influenced by his grandfather's free and fervent brushwork and also by French painters, particularly *Rouault, an exhibition of whose work MacTaggart saw in Paris in 1952.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)