James Humbert Craig

(1877-1944) Born in Belfast he spent his youth at Ballyholme, Co.Down, where he was educated at a private school. In his boyhood he had always drawn and painted. 'Jimmy' spent some time in his fathers wholesale merchant tea business, but left and an unsettled period followed.

He was practically a self-taught artist as he failed to see the term through at the Belfast School of Art. The Glens of Antrim, Donegal and Connemara were favourite areas for painting.

Several visits were made to the Continent and he painted in Switzerland, South of France and Northern Spain. In 1925 he was appointed an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy and in 1928 a Member. He was also an Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy.

When the Fine Art Society held a group exhibition of Irish artists' work in London in 1928 he exhibited along with Paul Henry (qv). The Royal Academy of Glasgow also showed his landscapes.

Humbert Craig worked right up to his time of death on 12th June 1944. The following year a memorial exhibition was held at the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery.

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