January 1931: Death of Glasgow Lady Artist – Miss Helen S. Johnston

An article on page eleven of The Glasgow Herald, on Friday the 16th of January, 1931, reads:





The death has taken place in Glasgow of Miss Helen S. Johnston, one of the best known of

Scottish lady artists. Miss Johnston, who was the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W. B.

Johnston, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, was a talented landscape and figure painter and was a

regular exhibitor at most of the principal art exhibitions in Glasgow and Edinburgh during

recent years. On several occasions her work has also been seen in the Royal Academy in London.

From time to time she held exhibitions on her own account in Glasgow. She painted much in

Kirkcudbright and the surrounding district. Miss Johnston was intuitively a colourist, and many

of her pictures were pitched in a high key. Figures were frequently introduced into her landscapes

and she delighted to paint in sparkling tones flower-decked meadows with happy children playing.

Miss Johnston was one of the leading members of the Glasgow Lady Artists Club.”



For more information about the artist, please see www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk



George Fairfull-Smith, December 2022.