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Dr Arthur Pillans Laurie (1861–1949), DSc, HRSA (Professor of Chemistry to the Royal Academy of Arts)

Photo credit: Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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The sitter was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1922. Trained in the Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, he was friends with the artist Holman Hunt, and wrote various papers on the scientific aspects of painting such as 'The Pigments and Mediums of the Old Masters' and 'Processes, Pigments and Vehicles'. From 1912, he held the chair in chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts and he had become Principal of Heriot-Watt College in 1900. He was the author of many publications, in particular on artists methods and pigments.

Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture





oil on canvas


H 89.1 x W 69.4 cm

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Diploma Work deposit, 1933

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Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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