- Date of Birth:
- Date of Death:
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- Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:
Moved to St John’s Town of Dalry in 1951
St John’s College, Oxford
- Professional Bodies:
Founder Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, 1964; first honorary member, 2002
- Exhibited At:
Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Royal Institute
The ornithologist George Waterston
Festival of Britain Dumfries Centre, exhibition catalogue Landscapes and Bird Life in Galloway, St John’s Church Hall, Dumfries, June, 1951
Illustrator of The Oxford Book of British Birds, OUP, 1962
Author and Illustrator of Birds of Moor and Mountain, Scottish Academic Press, 1972; The Hen Harrier, Poyser, 1977; A Bird Artist in Scotland, Witherby, 1988
Obituary The Scotsman 16/11/2005
Image of the artist, Robin Bryden
As a boy Donald Watson was encouraged by the great wildlife artist Archibald Thorburn.
At first an Edinburgh based landscape and bird painter, he first came to Tynron near Dumfries at the invitation of Arthur Duncan, Chairman of the Nature Conservancy Council.
Donald Watson had a particular ability to relate wildlife, particularly birds to their landscape. His own special interest was in the hen harrier.