Scottish-born novelist and artist born in Stirling, Scotland and received special artistic training, and educated under the Rev. Dr. Culross (later of Bristol College) up to the age of fifteen. At 16 years of age he went to Australia and stayed about seven years, during which he travelled to Tasmania, New Zealand, and the South Sea Islands, painting, sketching, writing poetry and stories, and making notes for future work. He spent one year of the period acquiring theatrical experience at the Theatre Royal, Melbourne, under the actor Richard Stewart. Nisbet returned to London in 1872, and spent some time in studying and copying pictures in the National Gallery and in South Kensington. At the end of the next year he went back to Scotland and devoted himself to art. For eight years he was art master of the Watt Institution and School of Art, Edinburgh.
He travelled in Australia and New Guinea again during 1886, and paid a further visit to Australia in 1895.
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