Walter Geikie (1795-1837): An Artist of Character

Following the success of the recent City Art Centre exhibition ‘Walter Geikie (1795-1837): An Artist of Character’, our colleagues in Edinburgh Museums and Galleries have created a new complementary exhibition of Geikie’s art on Capital Collections.

Walter Geikie was a genre artist who lived in Edinburgh during the early 19th century.  A fine draughtsman and skilled printmaker, Geikie’s main focus was the portrayal of the city’s poor and working classes – subjects that he approached with honesty, empathy and wit.Drawing a Silhouette

The Capital Collections exhibition brings together a selection of his etchings and paintings from the City Art Centre’s collection. Images include depictions of itinerant pedlars, fairground crowds, agricultural labourers, and the fisherfolk of Newhaven.

You can also read Walter Geikie’s story on Our Town Stories to get his vivid impression of life in Edinburgh during the 1800s.


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