F. C. B. Cadell at Shambellie House

I am looking forward to giving a talk about the Scottish Colourist F. C. B. Cadell (1883-1937) at Shambellie House in New Abbey, Dumfries on 6 October 2023.

Alice Strang holding Still Life (The Tulip), early 1920s, by F. C. B Cadell (1883-1937) Photo: Alex Robson

Charles ‘Ted’ Stewart

Shambellie House was very special to Cadell as it was the family home of his great friend Charles Edward Stewart. ‘Bunty’ and ‘Ted’, as they were known, met whilst the latter was studying Law at the University of Edinburgh. Ted became Cadell’s solicitor, de facto manager and executor. Cadell visited Shambellie frequently and is still remembered with affection within the Stewart family. When Cadell was a co-founder of the exhibiting group, the Society of Eight, in Edinburgh in 1912, Ted became its Secretary. Shortly before Cadell began war service, he acted as Best Man when Ted married Nan Ivory in 1916. In return, Ted managed Cadell’s affairs during the conflict, including the organisation of an exhibition at George Davidson’s Gallery in Glasgow in 1917. This led to the dealer Alexander Reid’s promotion of the artist’s work. During the 1920s and as a solicitor with Murray Beith & Murray, Ted patiently tried to manage Cadell’s finances. He was eventually a key figure in sorting out his friend’s Estate.

F. C. B. Cadell (1883-1937), Self-portrait, c.1914, oil on canvas, 113 x 87cm National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Purchased 2015

F. C. B. ‘Bunty’ Cadell

Shambellie House is now a creative centre for arts, heritage and environmental courses, workshops and events.┬áIt is situated in New Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland. My talk is called ‘A Scottish Colourist in our Midst: F. C. B. Cadell’, which examines his link with the Moray Feu part of Edinburgh’s New Town; you can read more about it here and buy tickets to attend here. For more about Cadell, you might enjoy this blog about a still life which has recently joined the national collection and my article about him on the Art UK website at this link.


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