Ernest Stephen Lumsden

British painter and notable etcher (1883-1948) also author of 'The Art of Etching' 1924

Born in London, Lumsden studied in Reading under the British painter and printmaker Frank Morley Fletcher (1866 - 1949). He spent some time in Paris before going to Madrid at the age of 22 to study Velazquez in the Pardo. While he was there he learnt to etch and studied the work of the great etchers such as Rembrandt (1606 - 1669), James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903) and Charles Meryon (1821 - 1868).

Lumsden returned to reading, then spent a brief period in Paris where he produced his fine set of print called 'Construction in Paris'. He finally settled in Edinburgh, and in 1910 he embarked on travels which took him around the world, and where he produced his most favoured subjects of India and Burma.

Lumsden was elected an Associate of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1909 and full fellow in 1915. Associateship of the Royal Scottish Academy followed in 1923, will full Academician's status 10 years later. His book 'The Art of Etching' was published in 1924, and to this day it remains the standard manual on etching practice.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1883-12-22
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Died
    1948-09-29
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Midlothian: Edinburgh
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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