Thomas Hope McLachlan was a landscape painter of Scottish parentage.
McLachlan originally trained to become a lawyer, but in 1878 gave this up to become a painter, encouraged by the Scottish historical painter John Pettie. McLachlan's moody, romantic landscapes with their peasant figures and themes of humanity and nature, show the influence of George Hemming Mason and Cecil Gordon Lawson, but his style remained amateurish. He exhibited from 1877 to 1897 at the Royal Academy, Royal Insitute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and New English Art Club, becoming a member of the latter in 1887. In 1897 he was elected to the Royal Insitute of Painters in Water Colours and in 1890 to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was also a member of The Arts Club between 1885 and 1896.
McLachlan was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631).
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