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Edinburgh New Town Eurowalk

Point B - Francis Boileau Caddell, Scottish Colourist

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Location: 6 Ainslie Place.

Francis Boileau Caddell (1882 – 1937), a leading “Scottish Colourist” and one of Scotland’s best-loved artists lived here between 1920 and 1932.

Caddell had strong European links. After leaving his school, the Edinburgh Academyat the age of sixteen, he moved with his mother and sister to Paris, where he enrolled at the Académie Julian, a private studio school popular with expatriate students, In 1906 he and his family moved briefly to Munich, where he attended the Akademie der bildenden Künste,. They returned to Edinburgh in 1908. He undertook a brief but formative sojourn in Venice in 1910.

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, 1910. F.C.B. Caddell
(Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

From 1915 – 1919, Caddell served in on the French front, in The Royal Scots, and later in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Caddell and his fellow Scottish Colourists were influenced by Cezanne, Matisse and the French Fauve artists. He exhibited his work on several occasions in Paris.

From 1932-1935 Caddell lived at 30 Regent Terrace which is part of our Calton Hill Eurowalk.

Continue walking clockwise around Ainslie Place until you see the sign for Glenfinlas Place high up on the wall opposite. Cross the road and turn left, then after about 30 metres turn right onto Glenfinlas Street. After about 110 metres Glenfinlas Street enters Charlotte Square. Then walk uphill about 70 metres until you come to the next stop on our Edinburgh New Town Eurowalk – West Register House, between 17 and 18 Charlotte Square.

Picture credits: Stuart Baillie Strong/Edinburgh4Europe, Creative Commons CC by NY