The annual exhibition of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts is the highlight of the year for those associated with the art world in the city. This sketch of the "hangers" at the 59th exhibition appeared in The Bailie in September 1920.
Hugh Duncan was the lay member of that year's Hanging Committee. A lawyer, he was head of the firm of Russell & Duncan.
Hugh Munro was best known for his paintings of landscapes and flowers. He was also the Glasgow Herald's art critic.
Alexander Proudfoot was head of the sculpture department at Glasgow School of Art from 1912 to 1928. He was commissioned for many war memorials in the West of Scotland after the First World War.
David Forrester Wilson was assistant professor in the Life classes at Glasgow School of Art. He painted one of the large decorative panels in the City Chambers' Banqueting Hall.
William Sommerville Shanks was known as a painter of portraits, interiors and still life. He was a teacher of drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1910 to 1939.
James Whitelaw Hamilton was a painter with an international reputation who frequently exhibited overseas. An efficient administrator and organiser, he did much to stimulate artistic life in the West of Scotland.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 052 BAI
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries, Information and Learning
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