“The first biography of Tom Scott, R.S.A. (1854-1927), a water-colourist gaining in popularity each year, the record price at auction for the artist now standing at £10,000. Tom Scott did what very few artists have been patriotic enough to do – he forfeited international fame by remaining in his beloved Borderland. Scott devoted his talents to capturing its beauty, its history, legends and traditions in water-colour paintings. His life was a triumph over difficulties, carried through by his Borders determination and independence. He is placed among the great water-colourists in Scotland, exhibiting over 160 paintings in the Royal Scottish Academy over a period of 50 years. With cross-border tourist boards designating 1997 ‘The Year of the Reiver’, a subject featured in many of his paintings, and 1997 also being the 70th anniversary of his death, it is appropriate to dedicate this publication to his memory. 107 illustrations, 16 in colour.” Book in very good condition.