William York MacGregor, 1855 - 1923. Artist

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William York MacGregor, 1855 - 1923. Artist 1904
  • Scottish Art
Both the sitter and artist studied at the Slade School of Art in London. Macgregor became one of the leading figures of the Glasgow Boys who, although influenced by the French Impressionists, gave their work an unmistakable Scottish flavour. Strang earned himself a reputation as one of the most innovative printmakers of his day. He was a superb draughtsman, as can be seen from this delicate portrait drawing.

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The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.

Glasgow Boys

A loose grouping of painters working in Glasgow in the late 19th century. Though there was no overall style or formal membership, they did exhibit together and shared an interest in rural scenes. Artists included John Lavery, Joseph Crawhall and James Guthrie.


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Slade School of Fine Art

Part of University College, London, this art college was founded in 1871 with funds from the art collector Felix Slade. Notable students include Augustus and Gwen John, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and Ben Nicholson.

Draughtsmanship, Glasgow Boys, Impressionism, Slade School of Fine Art


  • Acc. No. PG 1159
  • Medium Chalk on paper
  • Size 38.70 x 30.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs William York MacGregor 1931