William Crosbie

RSA, RGI Born: 1915
Place of Birth: Hankow, China
Died: 1999

William Crosbie was born in Hankow, China, to Scottish parents. His family stayed in China until 1926, when they moved to Glasgow. Crosbie went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art from 1932-5. A travelling scholarship took him to Paris, where he studied History of Art at The Sorbonne and worked under Fernand Léger. Crosbie showed regularly in mixed Scottish exhibitions, as well as having many solo shows. A retrospective exhibition was held at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1980. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, National Trust for Scotland, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Hunterian Art Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, and National Galleries of Scotland are among the collections that contain his work. William Crosbie was the subject of a major new exhibition in April 2020, click here to view the exhibition online.


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