Walter McAdam was a Glasgow landscape and coastal painter and watercolourist.
McAdam trained in Glasgow where he lived most of his life. He had a studio in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, and mainly painted Highland and west coast scenes in subdued tonalities. After 1918 he carried out a number of sketches on Majorca. He was closely associated with the musical world.
McAdam was an active exhibitor, showing in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Water Colour Society and Grosvenor Gallery. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours and Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, as well as overseas. In 1894 he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours. He was later appointed Vice-President of the R.G.I.
McAdam 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).
Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; McEwan, Peter J. M., Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Woodbridge, 1994.