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Edwin Alexander RSA RSW RWS SSA (1870-1926)


Edwin John Alexander, RSA RSW RWS SSA (1870-1926)

Edwin Alexander is best remembered for his exquisite, carefully observed watercolours of flora and fauna, and of landscapes of both his native Scotland and North Africa. Often painting on silk, linen or textured paper, he developed a style that reflects the decorative approaches of Joseph Crawhall and other painters of the Glasgow School, and reveals an understanding of their common source, the art of Japan.

Edwin Alexander was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 1 February 1870, the only son, and second of five children, of the animal painter, Robert Lowe Alexander RSA, and his English wife, Anne Sarah (née Jennings). During his early childhood, they lived at 13 Bell Place, and at other addresses in Edinburgh and its environs. By 1879, his father had taken Jemima Jane (née Martin) as his second wife, and together they would have four children. In that year, the family settled at ‘Plewlands’, a large detached house to the south of Edinburgh.

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