Leyde, Otto (1835-1897)

Leyde, Otto (1835-1897)

British-Prussian artist, Otto Theodore Leyde, is predominantly known as a painter of landscapes and genre scenes. For most of his career, he was based in Edinburgh and many of his works depict Scottish subjects. They often carry an atmosphere, a sense of melancholy perhaps.

Leyde was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1880 where he also exhibited. Today, his works can be found in various public collections including the National Galleries of Scotland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Portrait Gallery, London.


Born in Wehlau, East Prussia. The son of Ernest Leyde and Emilie Sophie Pacbel.

Studied under Professor Rossenfelder at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Konigsberg.


Moved to Edinburgh.


Debuted at the Royal Scottish Academy.


Elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy.


Gained British citizenship.


Died in Edinburgh.

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