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Pringle's optician's and electrician's shop in the Saltmarket, early 20th century. A parade of some kind (including women with white cloths over their heads) seems to be passing down the street in front of the shop.

John Quinton Pringle (1964-1925) worked in an optician's shop but his passion for art led him to attend evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art and, for a while, early morning classes before work. In the late 1890s Pringle opened his own business in premises in the Saltmarket. He continued to paint for his own pleasure, often using his back shop as a studio, and earned a reputation as an original and unconventional artist. He was best-known for his patterned brushwork and developing his own version of the square-brush technique.

In 1923 Pringle sold his shop, as his health was poor and he had decided to devote the rest of his life to painting. He died of cancer in 1925.

Reference: 1220.77.637

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

artists, electricians, Glasgow Boys, Glasgow School of Art, opticians, painters, parades, Pringle's, shops, streetscenes, women

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