Cranstoun – James Hall Cranstoun (1821-1907)

Things to know about James Hall Cranstoun

  • James was born in Edinburgh (1821) and died in Perth (8 June 1907)
  • James was the son of Thomas Cranstoun a naval surgeon and his wife Jean Dalrymple
  • James moved to Perth about 1849
  • James was appointed visiting Art Master at Glenalmond College near Perth in 1855/6
  • James held the post at Glenalmond for seventeen and a half years making over 1,000 journeys from home in that time
  • James was a lifelong friend of Sir William Quiller Orchardson who painted members of Cranstoun’s family
  • James had a sister Jane Cranstoun and a brother Charles Dalrymple Cranstoun who also lived in Perth
  • James ran a private Drawing Academy from his studio in Atholl Street between 1854 and 1859
  • James renamed his Drawing Academy the Classical Academy in 1860 and continued to run it until 1897/8
  • James was a landscape painter who favoured oils but also worked in watercolour
  • James was involved in the organisation of the 1883 Perth Fine Art Exhibition in which he also exhibited

Works by James in Perth Museum and Art Gallery

(It is not possible to display all of the collection at any one time, so please contact the Art Section if you wish to view material that is not on display)

Oil paintings

Title Type Date
The Fair Maids House, Perth Oil on canvas 1893
Perth from Barnhill Oil on canvas about 1888/89
Kinfauns Castle and River Tay Oil on canvas about 1889
The Old Mill at Almondbank Oil on canvas 1884
Ben Ledi Oil on canvas 1866
Huntingtower Castle Oil on canvas not dated
Loch Tay from Killin Oil on panel not dated

Watercolours

Title Type Date
A Path Through the Wood Watercolour on paper 1872
Near Melrose Watercolour on paper 1871
Old Mill Lindores Newburgh, Fife Watercolour on paper 1860
Beeches Avenue Near Kelso Watercolour in paper not dated
Near Dunkeld Watercolour on paper not dated

Prints

Title Type Date
Stirling Castle Engraving on paper after Cranstoun about 1852

Related

  • Portrait of James Hall Cranstoun, oil on board, by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
  • Portrait of Charles Dalrymple Cranstoun, oil on board, by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
  • Portrait of Charles Dalrymple Cranstoun, oil on board, by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
  • Portrait of Miss Jane Cranstoun, oil on canvas, by by Sir William Quiller Orchardson

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