May 1914: Mr Gilbert A. Ramsay Recommended and Appointed Superintendent of the Art Galleries and Museums

An article on page eight of The Glasgow Herald, on Wednesday the 13th of May, 1914, reports:




A special meeting of the Glasgow Corporation Sub-Committee on Art Galleries and

Museums was held yesterday – Councillor Rosslyn Mitchell, the convenor, presiding.

The five candidates whose names had been placed on the short leet for the position

of superintendent of the Art Galleries and Museums, vacant through the retirement

of Mr James Paton, were interviewed. It was unanimously agreed to recommend that

Mr Gilbert A. Ramsay be appointed to the position. Mr Ramsay, who is 33 years of age,

was born and educated in Greenock, studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art,

and was a pupil of Mr William Leiper, R.S.A. Thereafter he assisted Mr James Miller,

A.R.S.A. After travelling abroad he went to London in 1907 as assistant to Mr Charles

Aitken, whom he succeeded in March, 1911, as director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery,

the position which he occupies at present. Mr Ramsay has taken part in numerous

exhibitions of historical and artistic interest. The recommendation of the sub-committee

has yet to be approved by the Parks Committee and the Corporation. The salary is £500,

rising by annual increments of £25 to £700 per annum.”



On page eight of the Herald, on Thursday 14th, is the following:




The Parks Committee of Glasgow Corporation, at a meeting yesterday, unanimously approved

of the recommendation by the Sub-Committee on Art Galleries and Museums that Mr Gilbert

A. Ramsay, Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, be appointed Superintendent of the

Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, in succession to Mr James Paton, who has retired.”