Sellar – Charles Andrew Sellar (1855-1926)

Charles Andrew Sellar was a portraitist and landscapist in oils and watercolours; Charles was born in Perth (9 November 1855) and died in Perth (15 April 1926)

Things to know about Charles Andrew Sellar

  • Charles was the son of James Annand Sellar (an Episcopalian Clergyman) and his wife Margaret Ann Tyrell
  • Charles graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Edinburgh University
  • Charles was originally destined to follow a legal career
  • Charles had his studio at 58 Tay Street Perth from about 1901, sharing it with Thomas Wyman Brown from 1911 to 1926
  • Charles’ studio was taken over in 1930 by David Prophet Ramsay
  • Charles was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW)
  • Charles worked in both oil and watercolour and painted portraits and landscapes
  • Charles exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour annual exhibitions as well as with the Perthshire
  • Art Association on whose Committee he also served
  • Charles won three bronze medals at the 1904 Perth Arts and Crafts Exhibition to which he only submitted four works

Works by Charles Andrew Sellar in Perth Museum and Art Gallery

(it is not possible to show all of the collection at any one time. To make an appointment to view any material not on display please contact the Art Section)


  • Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, oil on canvas, 1887
  • On the Braan Near Inver, oil on board, not dated
  • Flower Study, oil on board, not dated
  • The Fruitmarket, oil on canvas, not dated
  • Golf Caddie on the North Inch Perth, oil on board, not dated
  • Near Amulree, oil on board, not dated
  • A Reminiscence, oil on canvas, about 1897
  • Portrait of Lord Provost Charles Scott of Perth, oil on canvas, 1918
  • Portrait of Lord Provost Archibald Ure Wotherspoon of Perth, oil on canvas, 1922-3
  • Portrait of The Right Honourable John Campbell Marquis of Breadalbane, copy portrait after J M Barclay, oil on canvas, about 1895
  • Portrait of Provost Peter Campbell of Aberfeldy, oil on canvas, 1914
  • Posthumous Portrait of Professor Archibald Sandeman of Perth, oil on canvas, May 1922
  • Huntingtower Castle by Perth, oil on canvas, about 1900
  • Portrait of Lord Provost Andrew Graham of Perth, oil on canvas, 1900

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