(b Edinburgh, 17 Mar. 1839; d Hastings, 21 Feb. 1893). Scottish painter, active in London from 1862. He had a successful career with dramatic and anecdotal historical subjects, particularly dashing military episodes evoking the novels of Sir Walter Scott (A Sword and Dagger Fight, also known as To the Death, 1877, Mappin AG, Sheffield). These pictures were influenced by Meissonier, whose work was popular in Britain at this time, but Pettie used broader handling, showing his admiration for Rembrandt. Pettie also painted portraits and contemporary genre scenes.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.