Shadows and Light: The Extraordinary Life of James McBey 

Shadows and Light: The Extraordinary Life of James McBey 

Alasdair Soussi

Scotland Street Press

This new biography sheds light on the Aberdeenshire-born artist who, after serving as the official war artist to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the First World War (his portrait of T E Lawrence is in the Imperial War Museum collection) and enjoying commercial success between the two world wars, retreated to north Africa and relative obscurity. Never a joiner of the art establishment, McBey (1883-1959) led an adventurous, almost cinematic life, in the process gaining a reputation artistically as something of a modern Rembrandt, most esteemed for the now unfashionable art of etching. An exhibition of his work continues at the Aberdeen Art Gallery until May 28 and, until 14th May, there is the chance to win a copy of this book in our reader prize draw.

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