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William Strang, 1859-1921

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1859.02.13
Place of Birth: Dumbarton
Date of Death: 1921.04.12
Place of Death: Bournmouth


William Strang was a painter and etcher of portraits, architectural, landscape and figurative subjects.


He moved to London in 1876 to study at the Slade School where, for a time, he was assistant to JW's former associate Alphonse Legros. He devoted the first half of his career to etching and became known for his landscapes and portraits of artistic and literary figures.

His later portraits in oil suggest the influence of Belgian and French Symbolism. In 1898, he was invited to exhibit with the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers during JW's presidency. A large collection of his drawings, watercolours and etchings is in the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, 1956-61; Wood, Christopher, Victorian Painters, 2 vols., 3rd ed., revised, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995; Halsby, Julian & Harris, Paul, The Dictionary of Scottish Painters 1600-1960, Edinburgh, 1990.