Leafy Lane, 1898, lithograph by William York Macgregor (1855-1923).
Born in Finnart in Dunbartonshire, Macgregor was the third son of John MacGregor (1802-1858), a partner in the shipbuilding firm Tod & MacGregor. He was educated at the Western Academy and then at the Glasgow School of Art, accompanied by his schoolmate and lifelong friend, James Paterson (1854–1932). After graduation, Macgregor entered the studio of James Docherty (1829-1878) and then studied at the Slade School of Art in London under Alphonse Legros (1837-1911).
When Macgregor returned to Glasgow he set up a studio at 134 Bath Street. As well as producing his own work he ran life classes in his studio, 1882-1885. The classes were attended by most of the Glasgow Boys, a group of young artists of which Macgregor was the natural leader.
Macgregor was asthmatic and the polluted city air affected his health. In 1885 he left Glasgow and lived in various parts of Britain before moving to South Africa. He returned to Scotland in 1890, to a house in Bridge of Allen where he remained for the rest of his life.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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