A Boy Baiting his Line by Sir George Reid PHSA HHSW LLD, 1841-1913. Oil on canvas, monogrammed and dated 1861, lower right 17 x 23 1/2 inches (43.2 x 59.7 cm)
Born in Aberdeen, Reid was apprenticed to a lithographer at the age of thirteen; he moved to Edinburgh in 1862 and entered the Trustees Academy, before proceeding to further studies in Paris and Utrecht, where he worked in the studio of Alexander Mollinger. This picture, which was painted the year before he entered the Trustees Academy, bears witness to his exceptional precocity.
The Fine Art Society Story. Part I. London: The Fine Art Society, 2001. Catalogue Number 121.
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