Artist: Vincent Robert Stewart Ramsey Balfour-Browne

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Balfour-Browne was born in Dumfries. The family home was Goldilea near Dumfries. He later lived at Dalskairth House, Troqueer, Dumfries.


Magdalen College, Oxford


Influenced by Alexander Stanhope Forbes


Pupil and friend of the naturalist George Lodge


McEwan, in his Dictionary of Scottish Art, describes Balfour-Browne as “One of the finest Scottish sporting and wildlife artists of any period and arguably the finest painter of red deer.”

True Colours An exhibition of paintings by motoring enthusiast Margery Balfour-Browne 1886-1919, Brooklands Museum Trust 2006.  While this booklet focuses on the art of Vincent Balfour-Browne’s sister, it contains photographs of Vincent, Margery, their father and Goldilea House.

The Stalking Letters and Sketches of V R Balfour-Browne, introduced by Cuthbert Fitzherbert, Anthony Atha, Rugby, The Field, April 1978; Country Illustrated, No.67 December 2003.

Image, photograph of Vincent Balfour-Browne at Goldielea, Dumfries with thanks to Brooklands Museum.


Vincent Balfour-Browne was a keen stalker of deer.  He had been introduced to stalking through his friendship with Valentine Fleming of the banking and art collection family.  Deer were the subject for much of his artistic work as a sporting painter. He illustrated and contributed to a number of sporting books including:

Mine Eyes Unto the Hills (an anthology of the Highland Forest), arranged by Patrick Chalmers, illustrated by V R Balfour-Browne.

The Book of the Red Deer, Edited by John Ross, FSA., Scot. Published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co. Ltd, London 1925.

Game Bag and Creel, by WGM Dobie, illustrated by Vincent Balfour-Browne, W Green and Son Ltd. Edinburgh, 1927.

The Prince and The Pedlar, by Cuthbert Fitzherbert.

There is a wall brass to his memory in St John’s Church, Dumfries, where he was a devoted churchman of outstanding generosity.

He was a Sheriff Substitute for Dumfries and Galloway.

Vincent Balfour-Browne exhibited on a number of occasions at the Fine Art Society between 1907 and 1931