Robert John Craig-Christie:
An Artist in 19th-Century Chile

R.J. Craig-Christie

Robert John Craig-Christie 
(b. Edinburgh, 30th November 1845 – d. Valparaiso, 29th December 1910)

Son of John Craig-Christie, merchant (Edinburgh), and Eliza Thomson, who married 6th June 1842 and had four other sons (Alexander, b. 22nd May 1843; Edward James, b. 2nd April 1852; David Thomson, who died during infancy) and two daughters (Helen, twin with David, and Janette Bain, b. 22nd September 1847, married 26th November 1873 to Isaac Mossop, physician from Bradford). 

Robert John married Harriet Mary Cutts (b. 23rd January 1846 – d. 3rd July 1912, of Scottish descent), in Valparaiso, where they raised a family and where he became a well-known artist in the British community, designing theatre backgrounds and painting watercolours. He also designed the Queen Victoria Memorial Organ that still plays at Saint Paul´s Anglican Church in Valparaiso.

This collection of watercolours captures the light and colours of the local scenery perfectly, also offering a tender insight into daily life at that time. We imagine that Robert John inherited his love of painting from his father John Craig-Christie. The collection includes one painting by John Craig-Christie, dedicated to his son, and two by his wife Harriet Mary Craig-Christie nee Cutts.

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