William Ewart Lockhart, RSA (1846-1900)
He was a Scottish painter, born in Eaglesfield and later raised by his grandparents in Sibbaldbie and then Annan.
He learned to draw at Annan Academy and was accepted into training by the Royal Scottish Academy in 1860, where he worked with Mr. J. B. Macdonald R.S.A., By the next year, at only 14 years of age, he was submitting work to the RSA Annual Exhibition. In 1863, his health gave way, and he was sent to Australia.
He settled in Edinburgh, and, in 1867, paid the first of several visits to Spain, where he found material for some of his finest works. In 1871, he was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and he was also an associate (1878) of the Royal Watercolour Society, and for some years a member of the Royal Scottish Water-colour Society. He was elected to full membership in the RSA in 1878. After 1861, he continued exhibiting at the RSA Annual Exhibition until his death—with the exception of 1864, when he was in Australia, and 1889–90, when he was at work on the painting The Jubilee Celebration in Westminster Abbey, June 21, 1887, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and is now in the Royal Collection.