William Littlejohn Sketchbook 3
William Littlejohn Sketchbook 6

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William (Bill) Littlejohn RSA RSW RGI (1929-2006) grew up in Arbroath and studied at Dundee College of Art from 1946 to 1950. He served in the Royal Air Force and taught in Angus and Arbroath High School from 1953 to 1966. He was appointed to the Department of Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1966 and was promoted to Head of Fine Art in 1970.

Elected an Associate RSA Member in 1966 and a Full Member in 1973, Bill Littlejohn was a lifelong resident of Arbroath, and served as a Trustee of Hospitalfield House for many years.

Littlejohn was a great admirer of Oriental Art and, upon receiving the Gillies Award from the RSA in 1984, he took the opportunity to travel to Japan and witness these marvels for himself. The influence of the Orient had a lasting effect on his art, and from his earlier abstracts to his trademark fishing paraphernalia peppered still life scenes, a beauty and delicacy permeated his painting.

In 2006 the RSA received the William Littlejohn Studio Bequest. Containing numerous oils, watercolours, prints and drawings, it also features a wealth of sketchbooks and some fascinating still life objects – including beautiful Japanese stamps.