Archibald Reid

1844 - 1908

Archibald David Reid was a Scottish painter born in Aberdeen in 1844. His brother George drew him to artistic pursuits and modelling and painting engaged his leisure.

There were then no studios in Aberdeen and his earliest practical training in art was received at the old Mechanic's Institute. Reid undertook a few commission , the most masterly of them perhaps,is that portrait of John Colvin the sacristan at King's College, Aberdeen where the picture now hangs.

However landscapes and the scenery of his native shores were his main themes. An accomplished musician Reid also possessed a fine literary taste and Reid was a popular member of the Aberdeen club known as the 'New Deer Academy'.