Artist: David Gauld

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Shared a studio for a time with W S MacGeorge at Castlemains, Kirkcudbright, also had studio at Millburn Street, 1930.


Glasgow School of Art

Professional Bodies:

ARSA 1918, RSA 1924

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Aberdeen Artists’ Society


Member of the Glasgow School.  Shared a studio with Harrington Mann.


Scottish Life and Letters, Sep-Nov 1903, pp372-383.

Kirkcudbright: one hundred years of an artists’ colony, Patrick Bourne, Atelier Books, Edinburgh, 2000.

David Gauld, Bourne Fine Art Exhibition Catalogue, Edinburgh Festival, 1993 (contains illustration of the Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright).

Tales of the Kirkcudbright Artists, Haig Gordon, Kirkcudbright, 2006.

Image. Photograph of the artist by T and R Annan, Glasgow.  For more information visit the web site


Shared a studio with Harrington Mann, bridging the gap between the Glasgow Boys and Art Nouveau.  Well known for his studies of cattle.  Said by Miles Johnston to have painted mostly at Cannee and Low Boreland, near Kirkcudbright.  His picture Calves is in Dundee Art Gallery.

Another calf picture Three Calves, Galloway Coast, sold Bonhams, sale 15120, lot 1360, 24 August 2007

Some Kirkcudbright artist was said to have written:

“There was a wee man named Gauld,
Who painted three calves in a fauld,
He’s paintin’ the noo a big Ayrshire coo,
He’ll maybe pent bulls when he’s auld”.

His Kirkcudbright Harbour is illustrated in Bourne, frontispiece and cover (see bibliography).

His Kirkcudbright by Moonlight sold at Lyon and Turnbull, Lot 61 9 December 2004.

David Gauld (1865-1936) is one of the most interesting of the Glasgow Boys.

Involved in a major stained glass project at the end of the Nineteenth century his Music and St Agnes show a Japanese and Pre Raphaelite influence. A close friend of Charles Rennie Macintosh, Gauld’s work bridges the gap between the Boys and Art Nouveau. As well as painting extensively in France Gauld had a very close connection with Kirkcudbright, where he shared a studio for a time at Castlemains with W S MacGeorge. In the late twenties he is also recorded as having a studio in Milburn Street. His fine Kirkcudbright Harbour is to be found at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock and was used on the cover of Kirkcudbright 100 years of an Artists’ Colony (edited by Patrick Bourne).

It was here in Kirkcudbright that Gauld perfected his studies of cattle, particularly calves, frequent examples of which appear in our major art sales. It is said that he painted mostly at Cannee and Low Boreland farms on the outskirts of Kirkcudbright. Such indeed was Gauld’s enthusiasm for this subject matter that fellow artists penned the following ditty:

There was a wee man named Gauld,
Who painted three calves in a fauld,
He’s paintin’ the noo, a big Ayrshire coo,
He’ll maybe pent bulls when he’s auld.

Gauld’s best studies of cattle are his freely painted earlier works. His later, more formulaic works lack the interest of his colourful earlier pieces.