February 1899: Scottish Society of Art Workers – First Exhibition at the Rooms of the Architectural Societies, 187 Pitt Street

An article on page seven of The Glasgow Herald, on Friday the 3rd of February, 1899, reads:


“SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF ART WORKERS.—The first exhibition of this society, whose

membership embraces workers in the arts throughout Scotland, was opened last night

in the rooms of the Architectural Societies, 187 Pitt Street. The proceedings took the form

of a conversazione. The president, Mr Jas. A. Morris, of Ayr, extended a welcome to the

members. The exhibits include embroideries, stained glass, book decoration and illumination,

wood carving, inlay, enamels, repoussé metal work, musical instruments, architectural modelling

and design and mural decoration. The works show distinct individuality, with strong design and

a high level of craftsmanship, and this, the initial exhibition of the society indexes a standard of

excellence which augurs well for the future of the decorative arts in Scotland. The exhibition will

remain open until Monday afternoon next.”



An almost identical article can be found on page two of the North British Daily Mail, on Friday the

3rd of February, with the addition of: “The admission is free, and the public are invited.”




The British Newspaper Archive.




George Fairfull-Smith, June 2024.