April 1895: Arts and Crafts Exhibition, in the Queen’s Rooms

An article on page 250 of The Woman’s Signal (page ten, in The British Newspaper Archive), on

Thursday the 18th of April, 1895, reads:


“A unique exhibition — yclept the Arts and Crafts — was opened on the 6th April in the Queen’s

Rooms, Glasgow, for a two-fold object. The idea of the promoters of the scheme was to assist

in clearing off the debt on the building of the Soldiers’ Home at Maryfield [sic], and at the same

time to resucitate interest in art. The exhibition owes its inception to the happy thought of Miss

Boyle, Hillhead, who originally intended it solely for the display of amateur work, but fortunately

the enterprise became more comprehensive, and professional contributions are considerable, many

exhibits having been forwarded by London designers. The ladies’ stall is of the orthodox bazaar type,

while the Soldiers’ Home stall contains a varied miscellaneous collection. At the adjoining stalls

craftsmen are engaged in wood-carving, glass-staining, mosaic work, the printing of etchings

and photogravures, and metal and pottery working. Professor Baldwin Brown delivered a long

and interesting address on the subject of art, and Colonel Oxley afterwards opened the exhibition,

which proved so great an attraction that instead of being open for five days it was prolonged to




The British Newspaper Archive.



George Fairfull-Smith, August 2023.