JOHN DUNCAN (1866-1945) WAS BORN AND EDUCATED IN DUNDEE. From there he went to London to work as an illustrator for a few years before going to Belgium and Germany to continue his art studies. Then he returned to Scotland, living in in Edinburgh where he became one of the leading artists in the Celtic Revival of the day with paintings such as The Riders of the Sidhe (1912) and others on mostly Celtic legendary themes.
Many regarded him as a mystic, and he confessed to hearing 'fairy music' while he painted. This romantic tendency led to trouble when he married a girl whom he fully believed had discovered the Holy Grail in a well at Glastonbury. She soon ran away and divorced him, unable to quite live up to his impossible expectations.