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Ann Redpath

Date and place of birth: Scott Street, Galashiels, 1895

Ann Redpath, an artist, was born in Galashiels but moved to Hawick in her early years and attended Hawick High School and Edinburgh College of Art. 

Following a scholarship which enabled her to travel to cities such as Bruges, Paris, Florence and Siena, she later settled in France and started a family. She returned to Hawick in the mid-1930s.

Redpath’s early work focused mainly on still-life interiors and landscapes of the beautiful Scottish Borders, her use of colour inspired by the works of her father, a local tweed designer.

In her later life she returned to Europe, visiting destinations including Corsica, Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands where her work took on a richer texture.

Redpath, along with her contemporaries, is considered one of the ‘Edinburgh School’ painters, a group of 20th-century artists connected with Edinburgh and who were influenced by one another’s work. She was elected Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1952 and an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1960 and was made an OBE in 1955. 

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