Robert Gemmell Hutchison was born and educated in Edinburgh. He began work as a seal engraver, although his real love was painting and he later studied art at The Board of Manufacturers School of Art.
Robert Gemmell Hutchison developed a distinctive, broad and vigorous style. He specialised in painting children and genre scenes within Scottish landscapes.
Hutchison was soon recognised by the art fraternity and became one of the most prolific exhibitors of his day. He was elected to many prestigious academies throughout the British Isles, including; The Royal Society of British Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour and The Royal Scottish Academy.
Robert Gemmell Hutchison was awarded a medal for his work in 1903. There are close similarities between his work and some of the Glasgow School of Painters (who were his direct contemporaries) in particular, in his use of broad brushstrokes and soft, mute colouring.
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