Artist: Bessie MacNicol

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Visited Kirkcudbright where she met Hornel, MacGeorge and Mouncey.


Glasgow School of Art; Academie Colarossi, Paris

Exhibited At:

Royal Academy (1); Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (1); Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Liverpool


Edward Atkinson Hornel


David Gauld, John Keppie, George Henry and Kirkcudbright artists.


Glasgow Girls: women in art and design 1800-1920, Jude Burkhauser, Canongate, Edinburgh (contains item by Ailsa Tanner, pp193-199). Bessie MacNicol: new woman, Ailsa Tanner, Ailsa Tanner, 1998. Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Peter J M McEwan, Antique Collector’s Club, 1994. Kirkcudbright: one hundred years of an artists’ colony, Patrick Bourne, Atelier Books, Edinburgh, 2000. Tales of the Kirkcudbright Artists, Haig Gordon, Kirkcudbright, 2006

There is a section on the artist in Liz Arthur’s Glasgow Girls – Artists and Designers 1890 – 1930

Image, National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House, Kirkcudbright


Visited Kirkcudbright in 1896 where she was influenced by Hornel as seen in the portrait, which she painted of him in his studio. This portrait was exhibited at the Glasgow Institute, 1897. Her A Galloway Landscape dates from1889. She also painted Under the Apple Tree in 1896, Glasgow Museums No 3184. There is a self portrait in Glasgow Museums collection No 2494, 40.7 by 30.5 cm "Perhaps the foremost lady painter Scotland has produced" McEwan (see bibliography). With husband Alexander Frew bought D Y Cameron’s former house in Hillhead, Glasgow. Died in childbirth.