Exhibition of Oil and Watercolour Sketches, by Mr. Thomson Laing, a Young Glasgow Artist, at the Gallery of Messrs. John Orr & Co., Wellington Street, Glasgow, November 1890
On page six of The Glasgow Herald, on Tuesday the 25th of November, 1890, is the following short note:
“EXHIBITION OF SKETCHES. – Messrs John Orr & Co. have on view, in their gallery in Wellington Street, a series of sketches in oil and watercolour by Mr Tomson Laing, a young Glasgow artist of considerable promise. The collection embraces about fifty subjects, which serve to show that Mr Laing’s art is not one-sided. He has views in the city taken under picturesque conditions, glimpses of the river at the Broomielaw, laden with its busy fleet of steamers and sailing-boats; and sketches of the broad expanses of breezy moorland and yellow sea beach which are to be found on the seaboard of Ayrshire. It is in these land and sea scapes that Mr Laing is seen at his best. As a rule his colouring is good and the feeling excellent. Some golfing scenes, taken on the course at Prestwick, add a pleasing variety to the exhibition, which altogether is a very creditable one for a young artist.”
On page 940 of the Post Office Glasgow Directory for 1900-1901, John Orr and Sons, painters, are listed at 101 Wellington Street.