Sir David Murray was born on the 29th January 1849 in Glasgow. Son of a shoemaker David worked at 2 mercantile companies for 11 years while studying in the evenings at Glasgow School of Art. He became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1881.
In 1882 Murray moved to London where he became an immediate success, His painting “My Love has gone a-sailing” (below) exhibited in 1884 was purchased by the Chantrey Trustees for the Tate Gallery. Around 1886 he broadened his horizons and travelled to the Continent.
Not forgetting his roots Murray continued to paint in his favourite place of all the Scottish countryside. Murray was a member of Glasgow Art Club and exhibited in the club’s annual exhibitions. (below Tarbert Harbour 1879)
Murray became President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1917. (below Windsor Castle painted in 1897)
He was knighted the following year 1918. Murray never married and during the whole of his life in London he lived in the same bachelor pad, a studio on Portland Place. A Portrait of Sir David Murray is held in Aberdeen Art Gallery. (Below The Salmon River painted 1906)
(Below Fiend’s weather on the Clyde 1908)
Sir David Murray died in Marylebone, England on 14th November 1933 and is buried in Putney Vale Cemetery, Wandsworth, London. The writing is very faint on the headstone but you can still make it out.
Sir David Murray Master Mason The Prince’s Lodge No.607
Initiated 28th March 1881
Passed 7th November 1881
Raised 18th January 1882
Caricature of Sir David Murray