William Kennedy (painter)

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William Kennedy (17 July 1859 – 1918) was a Scottish painter associated with the Glasgow School.


Spring, 1882

William Kennedy was born in Hutchesontown, Glasgow on 17 July 1859,[1] and attended the Paisley School of Art. In the early 1880s he moved to Paris, where he attended the Académie Julian[2] and studied with artists such as Jules Bastien-Lepage, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Raphaël Collin, Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois, and Tony Robert-Fleury.[3][4]

He established a studio in Stirling and painted rural landscapes, as well as boldly-colored depictions of Highland soldiers at Stirling Castle.[4]

Kennedy became a prominent member of a group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. In 1887 he was elected president of a society formed by the group's members.[2]

He moved to Berkshire in the 1890s,[3] and married fellow painter Lena Scott in 1898.[1] He moved to Tangier in 1912, for health reasons. While living there, his art featured scenes from Moorish life.[1] He died in 1918.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Glasgow Boy with a feeling for Stirling". The Herald. 29 December 1989. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c McConkey, Kenneth (1 January 1995). Impressionism in Britain. Yale University Press. p. 142. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b van der Maarel, Sanne (2011). "William Kennedy - Homewards". Glasgow Museums. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b Davy, Humphry (1905). The collected works of Sir Humphry Davy. Smith, Elder and Company. p. 104. Retrieved 6 November 2014.