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River at Stewarton


Painter James Taylor Brown was born in Kilmarnock in 1868, moving with his family to Stewarton in 1870. As an adult, Taylor Brown opened up his own shop on Stewarton's Main St, selling newspapers and confectionery with a small artist' studio at the back of the shop for his artistic pursuits.


Taylor Brown aptitude for painting landscapes brought him a moderate measure of renown,  and he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, and the Society of Scottish Artists in Edinburgh, as well as some exhibitions in England.

oil on canvas
The Dick Institute
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East Ayrshire Council