The Glasgow Girls and Boys is a beautifully illustrated book that brings the story of the group of remarkable young artists that came together in Glasgow in the early 1880s. Known for their outstanding reality paintings of rural life in Scottish and French artistic communities, to their prominence as painters of modern life, considered as some of the most innovative and experimental painters in Europe and America as they approached international trends such as French naturalist painting or Japanese graphic design.
Facing the challenges of woman seeking to develop their careers as artists, the pioneering women in the group present alongside their male fellows.
This curation by James Knox, shows work from the Fleming Collection, a charity which promotes Scottish art and creativity through loans from its outstanding collection of Scottish art, cultural diplomacy and education, as well as the National Galleries of Scotland Collection and more, and was produced to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2020.
Some of the artists in the group include John Lavery, Bessie MacNicol, James Guthrie, Joseph Crawhall, Edward Walton, Edward Hornel and Flora Macdonald Reid.
James Knox is a director of the Fleming Collection. His other books include a biography of Robert Byron: Cartoons and Coronets: The Genius of Osbert Lancaster: and The Scottish Country House.