Port St Mary, Isle of Man, 1899

James Aitken

Scottish ( b.1854 - d.1935 )

Port St Mary, Isle of Man, 1899

  • Oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Signed & dated 1899 lower right

Image size 7.5 inches x 17.3 inches ( 19cm x 44cm )
Frame size 12 inches x 21.9 inches ( 30.5cm x 55.5cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by James Aitken, dating from 1899.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary ornate frame to suit the subject colouration. The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2016 on our instructions.

James Aitken was a maritime artist who produced coastal and river scenes, and landscape pieces. He worked mainly in oils, but also produced some works in watercolours and pencil.

He was born at Newburgh in Fifeshire, Scotland. He painted in England and Scotland, and also made several visits to the continent, to paint landscapes in France, Italy and Switzerland. From 1894 he visited the Isle of Man, and liked it so much that he moved there permanently with his family in 1911. They took up residence in Port St. Mary.

James Aitken exhibited works at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Cambrian Society as well as in the provinces. He was a member of the Liverpool Academy of Arts. Today, he has works in the Manx Museum, the Liverpool Museum and the Royal Academy.

James Aitken was the father of John Ernest Aitken who went on to become an acclaimed artist in his own right.