January 1952: Death of John McGhie, Glasgow Artist

The notice of the death of John McGhie is on the front page of The Glasgow Herald, on Wednesday the 16th of January, 1952.

His obituary is on page three, and reads:





Mr John McGhie, the Glasgow artist, died yesterday at his home, 351 Renfrew Street. He was 84

and had been ill for about a month. Mr McGhie was born at Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, and studied

at the Glasgow School of Art. In his early twenties he won an examination which enabled him to

continue his studies at the Royal Academy School, London. Three years later he went to Paris. On

his return to Glasgow he soon established a reputation for seascapes and portraits in oils. In 1912

he sold one of his works, ‘Fresh from the Sea,’ to Glasgow Corporation. Mr McGhie also painted

the portraits of several provosts of Coatbridge and Airdrie, and was regularly represented at the

annual exhibition of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Last year he sold a picture to

the Corporation of Newport, Monmouthshire.


Mr McGhie had been a member of the Glasgow Art Club since 1902 and was president from 1929

to 1931. He was also a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and had served on

the council for three years. He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.”



George Fairfull-Smith, July 2022.