Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell 836
- Born: 1883, Edinburgh 902
- Died: 6 December 1937, Edinburgh aged 54 902
From The Times, 7 December 1937
Mr. Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, R.S.A., R.S.W., who died in Edinburgh yesterday, was one of the group of Scottish painters - including Mr. J.D. Fergusson and the late Mr. S.J. Peploe - working in Paris, who threw in their lot with the 'Fauves", a name coined to describe the exhibitors, headed by Matisse, in a room at the Autumn Salon of 1905, whose work was supposed to show a certain ferocity in its reaction from the aftermath of Impressionism.
In the case of Cadell, however, the reaction did not go further that largeness of drawing, heightened colour, and an emphasis upon the decorative pattern, and he and his companions may be said to have done for Scottish painting on the Edinburgh side what the earlier generation of the "Glasgow School" had done for the West under the influence of Impressionism itself.
Cadell was born in Edinburgh in 1883, being the son of a surgeon, Francis Cadell, and Mary Hamilton, daughter of General Boileau, R.E. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, and studied art at first locally, and then in Paris and at Munich. During the War he served first as a private in the 9th Royal Scots, and afterwards as a lieutenant in the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, being wounded and awarded medals. His work, mostly in landscape and still life, though he painted some portraits, was broad and free and distinguished by a very personal tasted in colour, his favourite painting grounds being Iona and the South of France. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, being elected a full member in February 1936. His work was not often seen in London, but he exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in 1923, and a few years later shared an exhibition at the same galleries with Peploe and Fergusson, and the LeFevre Galleries have also shown examples of his work. Cadell is represented in the collection of the Modern Arts Association, Edinburgh, by a portrait sketch, and in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery Glasgow, by "A Lady in Black", and several other municipal galleries have specimens of his work. A book of his drawings in ink and colour, entitled "Jack and Tommy", was published by Grant Richards.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1891 in 22 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh.