April 1940: Death of Scots Portrait Painter – Mr James Raeburn Middleton

An obituary on page nine of The Glasgow Herald, on Tuesday the 9th of April, 1940, reads:




Mr James Raeburn Middleton, the Scottish artist, whose death has taken place at the

residence of his sister, Miss Isabella Middleton, 78 Greenlees Road, Cambuslang, after

a three weeks’ illness, had been resident in Cambuslang since August. Mr Middleton, who

was a native of Glasgow, was educated at Glasgow schools and afterwards studied at the

Glasgow School of Art and in Paris.


He specialised in portrait painting, and some of his works were hung in the Glasgow Art

Galleries. He travelled extensively and found scope for his work in Tangier, afterwards in

Burma, and 10 years ago settled in Detroit, U.S.A.


Mr Middleton was 84 years of age, and is survived by his wife and daughter, who reside in




The notice of the artist’s death is on the front page of the same edition of the Herald. He died on Sunday

the 7th.




George Fairfull-Smith, May 2022.