He was born in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy under Chalmers and McTaggert. He painted mainly landscapes and coastal scenes, living first in Sussex and later in Cornwall, working regularly around Polperro.
He was listed in 1891 as living in Newlyn (with his sister Flora MacDonald REID), and was a presence in St Ives during the 1901-10 period, probably as a member of STIAC (Whybrow). He finished his life in London, where his work was frequently exhibited. Wood comments that he contibuted notably to the development of the Glasgow School.
Painter of genre, landscapes and coastal scenes
works and access
Works include: County Cricket Match; Fishing Off the English Coast; Pilchard Fishers, Cornwall;
The Arrest of the Smuggler in West Looe, 1820 oil on canvas [in the Looe Guildhall Collection]
Polperro 1902 oil on canvas [in the Royal Cornwall Museum Collection, Truro]
Whitechapel 1902; RA; N; IPO; L; M; B; GI
Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall
The Modernist Journals Project, modjourn.brown.edu
Newton et al Painting at the Edge
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue (see repr in Hardie 2009)
C Wood Victorian Painters
The Year's Art;