William Watt Milne Scottish Artist



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William Watt Milne was a notable Scottish impressionist artist.


Milne was born in 1869 in Cambuskenneth, Stirling, Scotland. After studies, Milne exhibited in the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Famous for his coastal scenes around Scotland, Milne emphasized the play of natural light, reflected colors from object to object and used the effects of the light in the evening or twilight. Together with William Miller Frazer, Thomas Hodgson Liddell, Robert Little, John Lochhead, William Kay Blacklock, Robert Payton Reid, John Muirhead, David T Muirhead, David Murray Smith, William Beckwith McInnes (from Australia), Keeley Halswelle, Robert Walker MacBeth and Robert Buchan Nisbet, Milne painted primarily in the area of the Great Ouse around Holywell including the villages of Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey, Houghton and Wyton (now joined) and the town of St Ives.

William Watt Milne died in 1949. He was 80.

Guide for collectors

Most of works by Milne can be found in major museums throughout the world. For example:

  • The Norris Museum, St Ives, Cambridgeshire (including in its collection paintings like Hemingford Grey Watermill, Cambridgeshire; A Cottage Garden at Sawtry, Cambridgeshire and The Broadway, St Ives, Cambridgeshire); Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada (including Milne’s work called Village of St. Monans, Fife);
  • The McEwan Gallery, Scotland;
  • St. Andrews Fine Art Gallery, St. Andrews, Scotland (including Shrimpers and St. Monans, among others);
  • Calton Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • European Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Also, several Milne’s works are in private collections. An example is his oil on canvass called Turf Fen Mill.

Most famous works

The most famous works by Milne include:

  • A Shepherdess with her flock (sold for £6,463 ($9,384) on 1, November 2001 at Christie’s auction in Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Landscape with barge and figures; The shepherdess wending home (sold for £4,800 on 29, August 2007 at Sotheby’s auction in London, UK);
  • Fishing From The Old Bridge; St. Monans Harbour, Pittenweem; The Angler's Rest guesthouse; oil on canvass named Returning Home; oil on canvas called Off to the milking (painted in 1914 and sold for £3,525 on 3, December 2004 at Bonhams auction in Edinburg, Scotland);
  • Unloading the catch, East Coast Fife (sold for £3,408 on 8, March 2001 at Christies auction in London, UK);
  • A shepherd and his flock on a country path (sold for £2,233 on 7, March 2002 at Christie’s auction in London, UK);
  • Old Mill on the Ouse (sold for £1,955 on 1, March 2000 at Christie's auction in London, UK);
  • Farm cottages in an evening landscape (sold for £690 on 25 February 1999 at Christie’s auction in Glasgow, Scotland);
  • Watering (sold for £480 on 24, May 2006 at Christie’s auction in London);
  • Rowing on a river (sold £480 on 24, May 2006 at Christie’s auction in London, UK);
  • Mooring the Boat (sold for £450 on 21, July 2006 at Lyon & Turnbull's auction in Edinburg, Scotland)
  • A Spring landscape (sold for £345 on 13, October 1994 also at Christie’s auction in Glasgow, Scotland)


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