Born in Charlottown, Canada in 1876, Donald Shaw MacLaughlin first studied in Boston where he received his training in etching. In 1898 he went to Paris where he continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
MacLaughlin became well known for his etchings of landscapes and townscapes of France, Italy and England. He taught the finer points of his technique to younger artists, mostly Canadians. In France, his work was favorably compared to Whistler’s and Corot’s. MacLaughlin was an extensive traveler. He died in Marrakesh, in French Morocco where he was buried in the British cemetery.