This exquisite small etching in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant is by the Scottish artist William Strang. It shows a view of Petworth in West Sussex. A long way from Strang’s Scottish birthplace.
William Strang was born in Dumbarton in 1859. His father was a builder and his mother was the daughter of a founding member of the Clydeside shipbuilding firm William Denny & Bros. Throughout his life Strang identified himself as one of the working class and maintained a concern for the ordinary working person. On leaving Dumbarton Academy, he worked for a year as an office clerk for the family firm before he was eventually permitted to move to London to commence an artistic training. Although he made periodic return visits to Scotland, from this time London became his permanent home.
He was elected as a Royal Academician in the year he died, 1921.