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John Keppie, 1862-1945

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1862
Place of Birth: Glasgow
Date of Death: 1945.05.25
Place of Death: Haddington Park, Prestwick

Identity:

John Keppie was a painter, architect and architectural draughtsman.

Life:

Keppie was active as an artist between 1888 and 1940, exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1920 he was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, becoming a full member in 1940.

Keppie trained as an architect in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He was a partner in the prominent Glasgow architectural firm of Honeyman and Keppie, a firm which took on Charles Rennie Mackintosh as a partner in 1904.

In 1891 Keppie 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).

Bibliography:

Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; Macaulay, James, 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, http://www.groveart.com (accessed 11 December 2002).