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James Orrock RI ROI (1829-1913)


James Orrock, RI ROI (1829-1913)

A significant collector of English pictures, James Orrock became a skilled and prolific watercolourist in an early nineteenth-century manner.

James Orrock was born in Edinburgh on 18 October 1829, the elder son of the four children of a chemist and surgeon-dentist by his first wife. Encouraged by his mother in his lifelong passions for art and music, he began to board at Irvine Royal Academy, Ayrshire, at the age of eight, and there received his first formal drawing lessons from Mr White. Going on to Edinburgh University to read surgery and dentistry, he found time to study oil painting with James Ferguson. He then moved to Leicester to perfect the mechanical branch of dentistry under the surgeon-dentist, Mr Williamson. While there, he took lessons in watercolour from John Burgess of Leamington, and began to produce paintings for exhibition based on sketches that he made on his travels.

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