Elected ARSA: 15 March 1916

Elected RSA: 14 February 1923 

By the death of Henry Lintott, the Royal Scottish Academy has lost its

oldest Member and Scotland a very distinguished artist.  Mr. Lintott was born at Brighton in 1877, where he studied at the local School of Art before going on to the Royal College of Art in South Kensington.


When he was 24, he was appointed to the staff of what later became

the Edinburgh College of Art, where he taught for over 40 years and was

greatly admired by his countless students. He became “the grand old man”

whose influence, though potent, was so subtle that he produced no echoes of

himself, yet all who had the privilege of his teaching were enriched by it. In 1916 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy

and became a full Member in 1928. 


Henry Lintett was an artist of real distinction, and his portraits were

sutstanding, scorning the fashionable formulas of the moment, and for that

reason perhaps not always winning the recognition they deserved. For man

years he showed regularly at the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish

Academy, and his portrait of Lord Sands hangs in the Rainy Hall.


It is gratifying to knowthat Mr. Lintett knew that the Arts Council of Great Britain were planning a comprehensive Exhibition of his work, but it is sad that he did not live to see this tribute to his art. Henry Lintott died at his home in Edinburgh on 21st October, 1965 and his former students, colleagues and friends will always remember him with admiration and affection.


He is survived by his second wife, Mrs.Audrey Lintott, and his son by his first  marriage, Sir Henry Lintott, the British High Commissioner in Canada.

RSA Obituary, transcribed from the 1965 RSA Annual Report

Further Images

Henry Lintott RSA (1877-1965), Orange and Grey [the artist's first wife]

Oil on canvas, around 1919, 76.4 x 63.7cm

RSA Thorburn Ross Memorial Fund Purchase (1919) 1992.008