March 1894: Glasgow Society of Lady Artists, including Miss Hildur Myrin

An article on page nine of The Glasgow Herald, on Saturday the 3rd of March, 1894, reads:




The annual exhibition of pictures, &c., in connection with the Society of Lady Artists will be opened to the public on

Monday. This afternoon an ‘At Home’ will be held in the club-house of the society, Blythswood Square. It is now a

good many years since the lady artists of Glasgow first submitted their work to the public. Their earliest product was

modest enough. Every succeeding year, however, has marked an advance, until now the society makes a very fair show

indeed. The ladies do not seem to have formed themselves into a mutual admiration society. They have worked honestly,

and observant of the art currents flowing swiftly elsewhere, one sees evidences of truer insight and of greater breadth.

Miss Lily Blatherwick, who has only recently joined the society, is an artist whose pictures are placed in the exhibitions of

our great cities, and she may be said to dominate the present show with the large landscape which a couple of years ago

entered into the collection at our Art Institute. ln Sauchiehall Street, although hung on the line, the picture got into rather

a dark corner, and the water flowing through the landscape seemed dull and cold. The ladies of Blythswood Square have

brought it into clear light, and it gains greatly thereby in the transparency of its stream. Miss Wyper sends a number of

water-colour drawings of fishing villages, harbours, and sunny seas, all bright and animated and full of atmosphere.

Miss Emma Watson has a good figure subject, and several clever studies of street life in Penrith. Miss Algie has an artistic

flower piece, ‘Spring,’ with primroses in a blue vase. Flowers enter somewhat largely into the water-colour drawings, and

are treated with sympathy and skill. Miss Constance Walton sends ‘A Village Girl’ and two small figure subjects. Other

exhibitors are E. M. E. Henderson, K. Cameron, Julia Mann, &c. There are several exceedingly clever etchings by Susan F.

Crawford, and the head of a lady in bronze by Gertrude Isaacs is distinctly good. The exhibition also comprises decorative

work in wood, brass, iron, and china. Dessert plates painted by Miss Helen Walton, an overmantel in stained oak by Hildur

Myrin, and a wrought-iron gasalier by Mrs Haswell, Helensburgh, may be mentioned in this connection.”


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George Fairfull-Smith, May 2023.