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David Gauld

Biography of Artist

1865 – 1936


David Gauld is one of the most interesting of the Glasgow Boys.

Involved in a major stained glass project at the end of the Nineteenth century his work show a Japanese and Pre Raphaelite influence. He was a close friend of Charles Rennie Macintosh, Gauld’s work bridges the gap between the Boys and Art Nouveau. As well as painting extensively in France, Gauld had a very close connection with Kirkcudbright, where he shared a studio for a time at Castlemains with W S MacGeorge. In the late twenties he is also recorded as having a studio in Milburn Street. His fine Kirkcudbright Harbour is to be found at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock and was used on the cover of Kirkcudbright 100 years of an Artists’ Colony .

It was here in Kirkcudbright that Gauld perfected his studies of cattle, particularly calves, frequent examples of which appear in our major art sales. It is said that he painted mostly at Cannee and Low Boreland farms on the outskirts of Kirkcudbright.


An Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1918 and a full member in 1924


Address: Glasgow 1886 and 1907

               Torrance, North Berwick 1906


Exhibited at:- Connell & Sons Gallery x 6

                      Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts x 85

                      International Society x 1

                      Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool x 6

                      Manchester City Art Gallery x 1

                      Royal Scottish Academy x 44