Crowds gather in East Lothian to pay respects to artist John Bellany

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John Bellany: The artist died last month 'clutching his paint brush'.STV

The funeral of one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists John Bellany has been held.

The cortege set off from Port Seton at noon and crowds gathered at the main harbour to pay their respects.

The 71-year-old’s funeral was held at St Giles’ Cathedral in the afternoon, followed by a private funeral.

Bellany died last month in his studio and was found "clutching a paint brush in his hand".

The son of a fisherman, Bellany was born and brought up in the fishing village of Port Seton near Edinburgh, and the sea often provided the imagery for his work, although he also painted a wide range of subjects including portraits of Sean Connery and Ian Botham.

His paintings were exhibited all over the world including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York and Tate Britain, London.

He became seriously ill in the 1980s and after a successful liver transplant in 1988, he created a series of drawings of himself in his hospital bed shortly after recovery.

He was made a CBE for his work in 1994.

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