August 1954: Death of Robert Eadie, R. S. W.

Robert Eadie, R. S. W., died “At an infirmary”, on the 1st of August, 1954. The notice of his death is on the front page of

The Glasgow Herald, on Monday the 2nd of August, and on Tuesday the 3rd. His home address was 1 Royal Terrace, and

his burial was at Rutherglen Cemetery, on the 4th.


His obituary is on page three of the Herald, on Monday the 2nd, and reads:



Mr Robert Eadie


Mr Robert Eadie, R. S. W., who died yesterday, was a Scottish artist well known

for his water-colour drawings of Glasgow buildings and streets.


Mr Eadie was born in Glasgow in 1877, and served a useful apprenticeship in

lithography which, allied with studies at Glasgow School of Art and in Munich,

gave him a command of pencil and brush always afterwards evident in his art.


His work in oils, water-colours and black-and-white soon won appreciation and

he became a regular exhibitor at the Glasgow Fine Art Institute and, before 1914,

at the Paris Salon. He painted a good deal on the Continent, but returned home

frequently and always found congenial subjects on the coast of Fife. During the

First World War he served in the Royal Engineers, and sketches made of officers

there led afterwards to quite a cult of portraits in water-colours which were always

alive and suggestive of  personality.




Mr Eadie for long found fertile inspiration in the streets and architecture of Glasgow,

and his water-colours lived up entirely to the famous topographical drawings of the

past in conveying true picture with atmosphere. Many were exhibited in a one-man

show held in 1932 in the city, and a dozen drawings were later published in book form,

‘The Face of Glasgow,’ in which Mr William Power collaborated with descriptive writing.


A member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colour, Mr Eadie was also

a past president of the Glasgow Art Club. He lived at 1 Royal Terrace, Glasgow.”



George Fairfull-Smith, December 2022.