William Strang (1859-1921)
Self portrait
Lithograph, OW 78
Gift of Carol A. and Lewis V. Chapman

William Strang (1859-1921) is a renowned Scottish painter and printmaker. One of the original members of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, his work was part of its first exhibition in 1881. Strang worked in many printmaking media, including etching, dry point, mezzotint, and burin engraving and became famous for illustrating such masterworks as John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Many distinguished colleagues sat for his renowned portraits, and he produced many paintings which he exhibited at the Royal Academy. He retired from the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1902 in protest against the inclusion of etched or engraved reproductions of original works in its exhibitions.