- Janet Cooksey
Scottish family of artists. Michael Naesmyth was the head of a family firm of architect–builders. With his father he built many Edinburgh houses, notably in St Andrew Square and George Square. (1) Alexander Nasmyth was his second son and the most notable artist of the family. He was the father of 11 children, among whom (2) Patrick Nasmyth was the best-known painter. The others were Jane (1788–1867), Barbara (1790–1870), Margaret (1791–1869), Elizabeth (1793–1862), Anne (1798–1874), Charlotte (1804–84), Alexander (1805–c. 1816), George (1807–c. 1860), James (1808–90) and Mary (1810–11). Jane, Barbara, Margaret and Charlotte assisted their father in running the art classes at 47 York Place; like their sisters Anne and Elizabeth, they all painted. Alexander’s fourth son, James, painted but was best known for his invention of the steam hammer. His works include a portrait of his father (Aberdeen, A.G.), painted in ...