Hearing Impairment Series-Disabled Legend Walter Geikie

Walter Geikie was born on 10 November, 1795 in Edinburgh, Scotland and died on 1 August, 1837, and was interred in the Greyfriars kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Walter Geikie was a Scottish Painter, in his 2nd year he was attacked by a nervous fever by which he permanently lost the faculty of hearing, but through the careful attention of his father he was enabled to obtain a good education. Before he had the advantage of the instruction of a master he had attained considerable proficiency in sketching both figures and landscapes from nature, and in 1812 he was admitted into the drawing academy of the board of Scottish manufactures. Walter Geikie 1st exhibited in 1815, and was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1831, and a fellow in 1834.  Owing to his want of feeling for colour, Walter Geikie was not a successful painter in oils, but he sketched in India ink with great truth and humor the scenes and characters of Scottish lower-class life in his native city. A series of etchings which exhibit very high excellence were published by him in 1829-1831 and a collection of 81 of these was republished posthumously in 1841, with a biographical introduction by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, Bart.

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2 Responses to “Hearing Impairment Series-Disabled Legend Walter Geikie”

  1. I.J. Zeitlin Says:

    Walter Geikie was a great Scotsman and a great deaf hero. However, as pointed out by the publisher of the book of collected etchings which you refer to in your “Hearing Impairment” icons entry, there was and sadly is no known image existing of Walter Geikie. The image that you show to accompany your text has nothing to do with Walter Geikie. It is the most famous painting of Walter Scott the Scots writer. The portrait was painted by Sir Henry Raeburn (I think in 1822).

    With best wishes.

    Jack

  2. fugSpurry Says:

    Hello
    Nice site!

    G’night


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