James Raeburn Middleton was a portrait and landscape painter.
Middleton was widely travelled. He worked in Burma and Morocco, although his permanent address was in Glasgow. Between 1887 and 1928 he exhibited in Scotland at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, and in London at the Royal Academy, Goupil Gallery and Society of British Artists, a society which appointed JW its President in 1886. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. In 1891 he was among those Glasgow painters who appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326).
Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.