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 John MacGilchrist  (1893 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: painting, etching, architecture

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Oil Painting 18" x 14 dated 1919
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John MacGilchrist (1893-1977)

Born in 1893 in Sterling, Scotland, he studied etching with David Young Cameron in Scotland; Carnegie Tech., Pittsburgh (architecture), 1913-14; Art Student's League, 1926.

He came to the U.S. in 1913 and completed his degree in architecture in 1914 but returned to Scotland and served in the Royal Air Force as gunner, machinist, and kite balloon observer in WWI (he was shot down four times).  MacGilchrist immigrated to the U.S. in 1920 and became well known as an etcher and lithographer of military and commercial aviation subjects.  His work also includes watercolors, oils and drawings of aviation subjects.

One-plane etchings included The Spirit of St. Louis, the Yankee Doodle, the British Napier, and the Boeing Navy Fighter (1928) and he also depicted air battles.  MacGilchrist"s aviation etchings appeared on magazine covers and as illustrations for articles.  During the 1920s his work was owned by such prominent aviators as Charles A. Lindbergh.  After 1935 he worked mainly as an architect.

"Fifth Annual Exh. of Living American Etchers," NAC, 1927; SAE, Nat. Arts Cl., 1935; Brooklyn SE at Brooklyn Mus., 1928; Kennedy Gal., NYC, 1930 (offered subscription of five aeronautical subjects)

A retrospective exhibition of MacGilchrist's work was held at the Flightpath Aviation Museum on the grounds of LAX in Los Angeles during November-December of 2007 (guest lecturer: Patrick Coffey).

Member: Brooklyn SE; Soc. Am. Etchers

Work: National Air & Space Mus./ Smithsonian, Wash., DC; Mus. of Flight, Seattle, WA; Royal Air Force Mus., London, England; AIC (etchings); WMAA; priv. colls.

Information provided by Patrick Coffey, Brighton, Michigan.

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