WHEN the famous "Glasgow School" of painters formed themselves into a society Mr. William Kennedy was unanimously elected President, and though the members of the society are now scattered over Britain, he still remains in Glasgow, representative of a body of artists who have exercised a vast influence and left a distinct and strong mark on modern British art. Mr. Kennedy is a native of Paisley, born in 1860, and studied painting in Paris for five years under a number of distinguished artists, including Bouguereau, T. R. Fleury, and Bastien Lepage. He has not sought to belong to any Royal Society or Academy of Art, but he is a corresponding member of several foreign societies, and he exhibits in all the principal international exhibitions in Europe and America in response to special invitations when he has pictures to show. His pictures have been bought by several German States, and he was awarded a Government gold medal by one of the States in 1902. Among his more notable pictures have been "Homewards," shown at the Grafton Gallery in 1894; "Waiting to Mount Guard," at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, two years earlier; and "The Harvest Moon," at the Glasgow Institute and several exhibitions in America. Notice was also attracted by his "Artillery in Action" at Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901, and his "Rural Courtship" at Glasgow Institute in 1905.

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