THE son of the late John McAdam, a well-known Glasgow citizen of last century, who took a prominent part in raising and supporting the Glasgow contingent which went to help the Garibaldian movement in Italy, Mr. Walter McAdam was born in the city, and was educated there. For several years he was in business before his inclination for art induced him to make painting his profession. When at last he did this he studied under no art master or professor, but from the first went straight tonature for the inspiration of his method. His pictures are principally of Scottish scenery, and he makes a special study of snow in its different phases and effects. His work is not confined to oil. He is a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water-colour, and his achievement in this medium is equally notable. Two water-colour drawings formed his representations in the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition. He has exhibited in most of the chief art centres of the Continent, and among other distinctions the city of Stuttgart has one of his landscapes in its permanent collection. He is a member of council of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine arts, and a prominent member of Glasgow Art Club, and he is a regular contributor to the exhibitions of both of these institutions.
For a number of years Mr. McAdam had a studio at Lochwinnoch, and many canvases from his brush made the charm of that region known to the public ; but the building of the new railway line in 1903 drove him from that quarter, and he has since devoted himself mostly to interpreting the spirit of West Highland scenery. When daylight fails him he finds his chief recreation in music and books.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)