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Katharine Cameron FRSA RSW ARE (1874-1965)

Katharine Cameron, FRSA RSW ARE (1874-1965)

Scottish artist, Katharine Cameron illustrated a number of memorable books for children, as well as producing distinctive paintings and prints of landscapes and flowers.
Katharine Cameron was born at Hillhead, Glasgow on 26 February 1874, the daughter of a United Presbyterian minister, and younger sister of the artist, David Young Cameron. She studied intermittently at Glasgow School of Art, under Fra Newbery, from 1889 to 1901, during which time she was a member of a group of female students who called themselves The Immortals. In 1902, she went to Paris to study at the Académie Colarossi, under Gustave Courtois and R F-X Prinet. On her return, she lived with family members at Victoria Square, Stirling.
Cameron concentrated on the painting and etching of landscapes and flowers, considering her often fine fairy illustrations for books and periodicals as occasional. Yet, between 1904 and 1910, she worked as a prolific illustrator of children’s books for the Edinburgh publishers, T C & E C Jack, specialising in fairy stories and folk tales for their series, ‘Told to the Children’.

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