David Cameron was born in Glasgow. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and began etching in 1887. The influences of the French artist Charles Meryon, Seymour Haden and James Whistler are evident in his work. His subject matter was mainly landscapes and architecture, often devoid of human presence. In the 1890s he visited the Netherlands and Italy, but it is the later etchings of Scottish landscapes for which he is most admired. In all he produced over 500 prints. He was knighted in 1924 and later appointed as King’s Painter and Limner in Scotland.
Kenneth Guichard, British Etchers 1850-1940, Robin Garton, London 1977