RA (17 March 1839 – 21 February 1893) was a Scottish painter
. He was born in Edinburgh
, the son of Alexander and Alison Pettie. In 1852 the family moved to East Linton
. Initially, his father objected to Pettie taking up art as a career, but this was overcome following a portrait by the lad of the village carrier and his donkey.
When sixteen he entered the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh, working under Robert Scott Lauder
with William Quiller Orchardson
, J. MacWhirter, W. M. Taggart, Peter Graham, Tom Graham and George Paul Chalmers
. His first exhibits at the Royal Scottish Academy
were A Scene from the Fortunes of Nigel
one of the many subjects for which he sought inspiration in the novels of Sir Walter Scott
and two portraits in 1858, followed in 1859 by The Prison
. To the Royal Academy
in 1860 he sent The Armourers
; and the success of this work and What d'ye Lack, Madam?
in the following year, encouraged him to settle in London
(1862), where he joined Orchardson.
In 1866 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and in 1874 received full academical honors in succession to Sir Edwin Landseer
. His diploma picture was Jacobites, 1745
. Pettie was a hard and rapid worker, and, in his best days, a colorist of a high order and a brilliant executant. In his early days he produced a certain amount of book illustration. His connection with Good Words began in 1861, and was continued until 1864.
With J. MacWhirter he illustrated The Postman's......