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Ian Eadie (1913 - 1973)

Painter, muralist and teacher, born and died in Dundee, who showed an early talent for drawing, leaving Harris Academy as Dux Medallist in Art. From 1931 studied under J Milne Purvis at Dundee College of Art, gaining his diploma after three years, then a postgraduate year. He won the first travelling scholarship awarded by the College, which enabled him to study under Ferdinand Sabatté in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts and to travel in Italy, a tour cut short by the death of his father. Aged 22, Eadie had shown at the RSA, to which he was soon to add RP and RWS. Eadie was commissioned to paint murals for the 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Glasgow. In 1939 he studied for four months at Westmin¬ster School of Art under Mark Gertler, then began teaching at Dundee College of Art until World War II interrupted. Joined the Gordon Highlanders and, taking a commission, served with the 51st Highland Division widely abroad a