An Editorial Diary, November 1936: “A Greiffenhagen for Glasgow”

‘AN EDITORIAL DIARY’, on page ten of The Glasgow Herald, on Thursday the 19th of November, 1936, includes:


A Greiffenhagen for Glasgow


Patrons of art in Glasgow and elsewhere will be gratified to learn that the Corporation has

acquired a picture by the late Maurice Greiffenhagen, R.A., to be added to Glasgow’s art

collection at Kelvingrove. The picture, which bears the title ‘Cophetua,’ is a figure subject,

and is regarded as quite a representative example of the artist’s style with its strong contrast

of line and mass. ‘Cophetua’ was included in a memorial exhibition of over 60 of Greiffenhagen’s

works held recently in the Glasgow School of Art, where for 23 years he occupied an important

position on the teaching staff.”



Maurice Greiffenhagen, Cophetua, oil on canvas, reproduced courtesy of Glasgow Museums. The painting is not on display, and is stored in the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. The entry for the painting on the Art Uk website gives the date of the painting’s purchase as 1937.



George Fairfull-Smith, October 2022.