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John Reid Murray, 1861-1906

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1861.01.28
Place of Birth: Helensburgh
Date of Death: 1906.08.15
Place of Death: Prestwick


John Reid Murray was a landscape painter.


Murray studied in Glasgow and at Antwerp Academy with E. A. Hornel. His works were notable for their heavy impasto and seasonal colouring, often with an extensive foreground and low horizon line.

Murray was an active exhibitor between 1880 and 1906, showing in London at the Royal Academy and International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, a society which formed with JW as its President in 1898. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Gallery. Further, he exhibited with the Glasgow Boys in Europe and won a gold medal in Munich in 1897.

Murray 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).


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.