William York Macgregor

Scottish (1855 - 1923)
William York Macgregor The Vegetable Stall 1884


Born 1855
Died 1923
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Finnart
Death place Bridge of Allan

Macgregor was one of the leading artists in the group known as the Glasgow Boys, painting landscapes and contemporary scenes in a fresh, direct way, influenced by developments in French painting. With his school friend, James Paterson, a fellow Glasgow Boy, he often painted during summer expeditions out of the city. After studying at Glasgow School of Art and in a local artist's studio, Macgregor attended the Slade School in London under Alphonse Legros. On his return to Glasgow he ran a life class in his studio, which became the regular meeting place for the Glasgow Boys.

Glossary terms

  • 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.

  • A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.