Dowell, Charles

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Dowell, Charles

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  • Dowell, Charles Rennie

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1876 - 1935


Born in Glasgow in 1876, Charles Rennie Dowell studied at the GSA between the ages of 14 and 21.

In 1892 when he first enrolled at the GSA, his home address was recorded as 455 St Vincent Street. He continued to live there until the 1896/7 session when his address changed to 257 St Vincent Street, where he remained for the rest of his time at College.

In his first year, his father’s occupation was given as Warehouseman. The following year, Dowell’s own occupation was listed as a Draughtsman. In later years this changed to Designer, and for his final year in 1900/01, Lithographer.

He was a very successful student from the start, awarded a prize for his drawings of models and a Haldane Bursary of 23 shillings in his first year. In 1894/95 his ‘Drawing from the Antique’ was classed as excellent and he was again awarded a Haldane Bursary of 51 shillings, the judges noting his “method and work promising.” In 1896/97 his ‘Drawing from Life’ also won him a Haldane Bursary, and in both the 1897/98 and 1898/99 sessions he was awarded free studentship at the School by the Governors, one of only 14 places provided. The Annual Reports record that in 1899 he won a book prize for a chalk drawing of a nude in a national competition and was awarded a £10 Bursary from the Governors for excellence in ‘Life study.’ In 1900/01 he won the Haldane Travelling Scholarship of £50 awarded to the best student of the year, and went to Italy to study.

Dowell later became Vice President of the Glasgow Art Club and was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. He regularly exhibited at the RSA in Edinburgh and at the RGI. In 1910, he had a studio at 101 St Vincent Street in Glasgow.

There are works by Dowell in the Glasgow Museums & Galleries collections, including his drawing for the frontispiece of the Glasgow Roll of Honour for the Citizens of Glasgow who died in the Great War.


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