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William Findlay, 1875-1960

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1875
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1960
Place of Death: Los Angeles

Identity:

William Findlay, a Glasgow portrait, figurative and mural painter and etcher, was the son of a G.P. and author.

Life:

Findlay studied at Glasgow School of Art and in Paris. He was responsible for painting four murals depicting the four principal Scottish rivers for the banqueting hall of the Glasgow City Chambers. He also illustrated several of his father's books. He was active exhibiting between 1888 and 1929, showing in London at the Royal Academy, as well as at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours and Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

Findlay was among those Glasgow painters who in 1891 appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy JW's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326). In 1928 he settled in Los Angeles, became an American citizen and married an American.

Bibliography:

Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; McEwan, Peter J. M., Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Woodbridge, 1994.