Woman Seated In Front of a Leaded Window

MacBryde, Robert

An artist who was successful during the 1940s but whose reputation declined during the following decade. A Scottish artist, born in Maybole, Ayrshire, Robert MacBryde worked in a factory for five years after leaving school.  He then began to study at the Glasgow School of Art, where he met Robert Colquhoun, with whom he formed a life-long partnership. The Two Roberts, as they were known, spent five years at the Glasgow School of Art and were then awarded travelling scholarships, which enabled them to study for two years in France and Italy before returning to Ayrshire in 1939.Both Macbryde and Colquhoun were found to be unfit for military service in World War II and in 1941 they came to London, settling in a spacious studio in Campden Hill and immediately gaining recognition. Woman Seated in Front of a Leaded Window was bought by the LACF in 1941. The Two Roberts first exhibited their art at the Lefévre Gallery in 1942, in an exhibition entitled Six Scottish Painters. During the 1940s, they continued to exhibit together at the Lefévre Gallery. Although MacBryde became a very well regarded artist, and had the more dominant personality of the two, it seems that he always considered Colquhoun to be the more dominant figure in their artistic output. After the death of Colquhoun in 1962, MacBryde ceased to paint and drank more heavily. He went to live in Ireland and was run over and killed by a car in Dublin in 1966 after a night of drinking.


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