Oil on Canvas, 118x64cm.
Nathaniel Hughes John Baird R.O.I. 1865 – 1935
Nathaniel Baird was born in Yetholm in Roxburghshire and was the son of John Baird the minister who is famed for his work in reforming the gypsy population and particularly for the founding of the first ‘Ragged Schools’.
Baird first studied under his father and then at the Coldstream Academy, Edinburgh, then London and later Paris.
He had his first Royal Academy work accepted in 1883 and exhibited at many of the principal galleries from that date including the R.O.I. of which he was elected a member.
He was equally at home with both oil and watercolour and a favourite subject was the heavy horse at work. He continued to exhibit until the 1930’s.
He moved to Devon in 1880 living at Dawlish where he was given an interesting commission by the Miller family of Torquay to paint portraits of the family.
One of the sitters was the youngest daughter Agatha who was to gain worldwide fame as the crime writer Agatha Christie.
Following the death of his wife in 1919 he moved from Devon to Sussex where he died in 1935.