(b Edinburgh, 4 May 1846; d Finzean, Aberdeenshire, 15 Apr. 1935). Scottish painter who combined his artistic career with the inherited role of laird of Finzean, an estate midway between Aberdeen and Balmoral. He trained in Edinburgh and in Paris under Carolus-Duran, from whom he gained a feeling for richly handled paint. Unlike his teacher, however, Farquharson was primarily a landscape painter, and he became famous for his snow scenes, which were favourites with the public for many years at the Royal Academy summer exhibition and were much reproduced in prints. These snowscapes often include sheep, earning him the nickname ‘frozen mutton Farquharson’. His reputation soon declined after his death. David Farquharson (1840–1907), another Scottish landscape painter, was no relation.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.