Iain Macnab

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Iain Macnab
A landscape etching by Iain Macnab, Spring Landscape, Tossa c1945 showing a farmworker, village and rural scene in fine detail.
Iain Macnab, Spring Landscape, Tossa c1945
Born Iain Macnab of Barachastlain
(1890-10-21)21 October 1890
Iloilo, Philippines
Died 24 December 1967(1967-12-24) (aged 77)
London
Nationality British
Education Glasgow School of Art, Heatherley’s School of Fine Art
Known for Wood-engraver and painter

Iain Macnab of Barachastlain (21 October 1890 – 24 December 1967) was a Scottish wood-engraver and painter.

As a prominent teacher he was influential in the development of the British school of wood-engraving.[1] His pictures are noted for clarity of form and composition.[2]

His concepts of the sense of motion which could be created by the shape of repetitive parallel lines were of profound influence, in particular in relation to the art of linocut – an art form which both he and Claude Flight pioneered at the Grosvenor School where with the teachers included Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews.[3]

His work was shown in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 1930.[4]

Biography[edit]

Iain Macnab was born in Iloilo in the Philippines on 21 October 1890 to Scottish parents, the son of John Macnab of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank. The family moved to Scotland when he was young.[5]

He served in France in the First World War as a captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was severely wounded as a machine-gun officer, invalided out and spent two years in bed recovering from his wounds.[6] He rejoined the military in the Second World War, despite his age, and became a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.[5] He was again wounded and invalided twice, in 1942 and 1945.[6]

He married the dancer Helen Wingrave.[5]

Macnab was educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh[5] before studying at Glasgow School of Art and then at Heatherley’s in 1918. From 1919-1925 he was principal of Heatherley’s School of Art.

In 1925 he became the founding principal of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art.[7]

He was hereditary armourer and standard bearer to the Macnab of Macnab.[5]

He died in London on 24 December 1967.[6][8]

Published works[edit]

Public collections[edit]

Works by Macnab are in the following public collections:

Arts organisations[edit]

Macnab was a member of the following arts organisations:[5][6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Garrett, Albert (1973). Wood Engravings and Drawings of Iain Macnab of Barachastlain. Tunbridge Wells, UK: Midas Books. ISBN 9780859360111. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hal Bishop, ‘Macnab, Iain, of Barachastlain (1890–1967)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 June 2009
  2. ^ a b "Iain Macnab (1890 − 1967)". British Council Collection. British Council. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Biographic notes on Iain Macnab from [http://campbell-fine-art.com/cat_works.php?art=76 Campbel Fin Arts] accessed 10/2/2004
  4. ^ "British Pavilion in Venice". British Council. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Flag bearer to the Macnab dies aged 77". Glasgow Herald. 26 December 1967. p. 9. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Mr Iain Macnab (obituary)". The Times. 27 December 1967. p. 10. 
  7. ^ David Buckman,'Artists in Britain Since 1945' Goldmarck Gallery UK. online version p 43-44
  8. ^ Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, Volume 1 By Oxford University Press
  9. ^ "Nicht at Eenie : the bairns' Parnassus / With wood-engravings by Iain MacNab". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nicht at Eenie : the bairns' Parnassus / With wood-engravings by Iain MacNab". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Figure drawing / [by] Iain Macnab". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Macnab, Iain, 1890-1967, Figure Drawing". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Macnab, Iain, 1890-1967. Student's book of wood-engraving. 1938". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Macnab, Iain, 1890-1967. Student's book of wood-engraving. 1947". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. Poems. Selections. 1938". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "The sculptured garland : a selection from the lyrical poems of Walter Savage Landor". Library and Archives, Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Search for Iain Macnab". British Museum. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Search for Iain Macnab". Victoria & Albert Museum. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Iain Macnab". Room4art. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Drying Sails, Lake Garda". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hills near Malaga, Iain Macnab". Government Art Collection. UK Government. Retrieved 15 February 2014.