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William McCance


1894 - 1970

Painter. Born in Cambuslang, McCance trained at the Glasgow School of Art (1911-15), where he met his wife the illustrator Agnes Miller Parker (1895 - 1980). He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the latter part of World War I but thereafter the couple moved to London in 1920. With his wife, he worked for a time for the famous Gregynog Press in Wales in the 1930s. He went on to teach book design at the University of Reading.

Influenced by the Vorticists, his work is of a machine-inspired style, almost abstract, and examples of his paintings are held by the National Gallery of Scotland and Dundee Art Gallery. In 1975, a retrospective exhibition of his work was shown in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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