William Kennedy was a Glasgow landscape, animal and military painter.
Kennedy studied in Paris from 1880 to 1885. In Britain he exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, New English Art Club, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Kennedy was among those Glasgow painters who in 1891 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).
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