Penelope Beaton

RSW, ARSA Born: 1886
Died: 1963

Penelope Beaton studied at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1917. After teaching at Hamilton Academy she joined the staff of ECA in 1919, later becoming Head of the Junior Department (equivalent to the modern Foundation course). Her colleagues on the staff included A.B. Thomson and Donald Moodie whose adventurous use of colour made a great impression. During the 1930s her watercolour style was influenced by Gillies's Expressionist approach, but during the 1940s she moved towards a more constructed manner. Her later watercolours make use of a pen-and-ink framework coloured with rich and sonorous tones. Like many of her contemporaries in the Edinburgh School her subjects include landscapes, harbour scenes and still life.


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