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"Glasgow International Exhibition, 1901" 1901

61.5 x 69.5 s. b. l. "William Kennedy" CRE KENNEDY, William; (Scottish; 1859-1918) Among the Glasgow Boys studying in Paris in the early 1880s, Kennedy's style was a synthesis of Whistler's and French and Scottish painting. In this oil, his choice of subject matter followed the example of Lavery, who had painted a number of highly successful views of the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition. Like Lavery, Kennedy was aware of Whistler's city views, such as his Cremone Gardens Nocturnes, with their carefully and elegantly placed figures set in an empty foreground. There is a pencil sketch for the painting in Glasgow Museums Collections. Kennedy probably used an Annan photograph of the Industrial Hall as an aide-memoire.