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Alex Gordon attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1905 to 1911 as a full time student. According to the GSA student records, he began his studies when he was only 14, placing his date of birth to around 1891. During the First World War, Gordon served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion. The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture lists an Alex Gordon who was an oil and watercolour painter of rustic interiors and genre from Gourock and Glasgow, a possible match with our records which show he lived in Gourock whilst studying. He exhibited at RA(1), RSA(3), RSW(2), RCA(2), and GI(1) and was active between 1905 and 1914. Gordon is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk