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William Alister Macdonald (1860-1956)

William Alister Macdonald (1860-1956)

William Alister Macdonald’s interest in watercolour painting emerged while at Rattray’s School in Aberdeen. His maternal grandmother brought him up after his parents died when he was four. His legal guardian, described by Macdonald himself as ‘unscrupulous’, downplayed his artistic leanings and found him work in a bank at the age of fifteen. Four years later Macdonald moved to Lothbury, east London in the employment of the London and Westminster Bank, joining sketch clubs and attending evening classes at St Martin’s School of Art in his spare time. By [date], he had abandoned the white collar, and presumably with dreams of becoming an artist, fled to Norfolk with a group of friends.

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