Henderson, John

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Henderson, John

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1860-1924

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John Henderson (1860-1924), son of Joseph Henderson, painter (1832-1908), was born in Glasgow in 1860. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under Robert Greenlees and then took an MA at Glasgow University. Henderson was a landscape and portrait painter and first exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1884. He was a member of the Council of the RGI, assisted at the Glasgow International Exhibitions of 1901-1911 and was a Governor at GSA from 1906-1918. He was appointed director of GSA in 1918, initially on a temporary basis (he had been acting director in 1914 when Newbery was ill). He seems to have had good links with staff and students (see DIR 6/3). His father and brother, both called Joseph Henderson, were also Governors of GSA. Under his directorship the School formed stronger links with the University, and the Architecture Degree Course was introduced in 1924, leading to the School being recognised as a university teaching institution. He was involved in art education for Secondary Schools. He died suddenly in 1925.

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