Shanks, William Somerville

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Shanks, William Somerville

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1864-1951

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Painter in oil and watercolours of portraits, interiors and still life in a style better suited to oils. Began as a pattern designer with a curtain manufacturer, studying drawing in the evening at Glasgow School of Art under Fra Newbery. Later a member of staff at GSA: Shanks was Assistant Professor (Drawing and Painting) Antique and preparatory life 1910/11; Assistant Professor (Drawing and Painting) Life, head life, portrait and costume model, painting, antique and still life 1913/14 - 1924/25; Lecturer (D&P) Drawing, painting and composition 1925/26 - 1929/30; Drawing & painting (school of Design, Pictorial and Commercial Art) 1930/31; Drawing and Painting (D&P) 1934/35.

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Sources

McEwan, Peter J M, Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture

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