In the Artists’ Footsteps


Dumfries and Galloway has a rich artistic history. The wide variety and quality of its landscapes and built heritage has attracted painters to the region for over 200 years, leaving a rich artistic legacy in many of its areas.

“In the Artists’ Footsteps” is a website project which is steadily building a record of the places that have inspired both resident and visiting artists. For inclusion the painting must depict a Dumfries and Galloway location and be the work of a deceased artist.

By its nature this is a long-term project. However, thanks to continuous feedback from around the world the database already contains over 800 art works by more than 200 artists and new information continues to be added. Research enquiries and information which might help to build the website further are always welcome. These can be submitted through the “Contact” link in the bottom right corner of this page.

The project is managed by the Arts and Museums department of Dumfries and Galloway Council. It began in 2002 and European grant funding was obtained through the Leader+ scheme. Initial research was undertaken in 2003, and website design, construction and acquisition of content took place in 2004 and 2005. The site was launched in January 2006. Many people were, and are, involved in the project, but particular thanks must go to Dr David Steel. He came forward with the original idea, conducted most of the research and has been extremely generous with his time and support for the project ever since.

How to use the website

All the artists currently known to have painted in Dumfries and Galloway are named in the A-Z listings at the top of the page. If you are looking for an artist whose surname begins, for example, with ‘K’, a click on that letter will produce a list of artists. If your artist is shown, a click on his or her name will produce a list of titles of artworks and a brief biography. An image of each artwork and its details can be seen by clicking on its title.

Alternatively, you can search for the artist’s name by entering it into the ‘Search’ box in the top right corner. This will not only bring up a dedicated page to that artist (if one exists) but also pages where his or her name is also mentioned, for example as an associate with another artists. The ‘Search’ box can also be used find paintings of a particular location, for example entering in ‘Tolbooth’, will generate a list of artists who have painted the Kirkcudbright Tolbooth, and a click on the artist’s name will show an image of the work. If you click on the ‘More Results’ button under the list of artists’ names, this will generate an illustrated list of all the artworks with ‘Tolbooth’ in their titles, or in a related caption or description.