James McBey Archive

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James McBey (1883-1959) was a self-taught printmaker, draughtsman and painter of international repute, whose life revolved around art and adventure. Born in Foveran in Aberdeenshire, he worked as a clerk for the North of Scotland Bank. In his spare time, he taught himself etching from a book borrowed from Aberdeen Public Library, producing his first printed works using his grandparents' mangle.

Marguerite McBey nee Loeb (1905-1999) met James McBey in America, where she was a practicing photographer and bookbinder. They married in 1931 and lived in America and Morocco. Marguerite amassed a substantial archive of books, letters and diaries charting her life with her husband. After his death in 1959 she donated this archive, along with numerous examples of his work, to Aberdeen Art Gallery, making the city's McBey collection the best in the world.

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James McBey Archive