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John Borland Dalziel was born 01/04/1899 in Hurlet, Renfrewshire, to David Dalziel (a Mercantile Clerk) and Isabella Dalziel. The 1901 Scotland Census shows that at this time he lived with his parents in addition to a Jeanie, David and James Borland Dalziel, in West Hurlet Lodge.
Dalziel first attended The Glasgow School of Art in 1915-16 when he undertook evening classes in Drawing and Painting. He was registered as an Apprentice Lithography Artist, living at 74 Carlibar Road, Barrhead.
Dalziel attended The Glasgow School of Art once again in 1919-20, by which time his occupation was listed as 'Litho Artist'. In this session he took evening classes in Lithography.
Dalziel went on to exhibit at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts eleven times between 1939 and 1953. During this time he is noted as living at 35 Commercial Road Barrhead in 1939; Dyke Farm, Neilston 1948-49, and finally at Hayhill Cottage Gartcosh from 1950. Dalziel also exhibited with the Royal Society of the Arts in 1952. In all cases, the medium he exhibited in is listed as 'watercolour', and titles of his work include 'A Sunlit Valley', 'The Kitchen' and 'Children's Paradise'
Dalziel is listed in the Statutory Register of Deaths as having married an Elizabeth Clegg Maycock. He died on 03/11/1959 whilst resident in Hayhill Cottage.
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Sources consulted: Ancestry.co.uk,The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 1861-1989: A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts – Billcliffe, Roger. The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990 – Baile de Laperriere, Charles.