March 1937: Art Exhibition in Glasgow – Pictures by Miss Olive Carleton Smyth, at the McLellan Galleries, Sauchiehall Street

An article on page thirteen of The Glasgow Herald, on Wednesday the 17th of March, 1937, reads:






In an exhibition of art by Miss Olive Carleton Smyth, which was opened yesterday in the

McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, there is much variety, not only in the manner of treatment

adopted in the various pictures, but also in the mediums employed. The collection, which

fills one of the large galleries, includes works of portraiture and figure subjects in oils, frescoes,

mosaics, illuminations, drawings in black and white, and woodcuts. The works in these

mediums, which are handled with skill and accomplishment, give one an idea of the artist’s



The modern note is in evidence throughout the exhibition. Her portraits, while firmly

modelled, have a grace and lightness of handling which give them a peculiar charm. Some of

her figure subjects, as, for example, ‘Gardeners,’ ‘A Pretty Moment,’ and some others, arrest

attention by reason of their boldly decorative design and bright colour. In her illuminations

and drawing in black and white Miss Smyth has brought to her work the spontaneity of a

romantic vision. The mosaics and frescoes are also of great interest.”



George Fairfull-Smith, February 2024.