Andrew McLaren Young

Biography of Andrew McLaren Young

Andrew McLaren Young (1913-1975) was Richmond Professor of Fine Art at the University from 1965 to 1975.

Born in Argyllshire, Young was brought up in Jamaica and studied at (but did not graduate from) the University of Edinburgh. He served in the King's Own Yorkshire Infantry during the Second World War, in Burma, North Africa and Italy, and then joined the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.

In 1949 he was invited to come to Glasgow to establish a Department of Fine Art and the University awarded him an honorary MA on his appointment to the Richmond Chair in 1965. He was an authority on the works of James McNeill Whistler and made important acquisitions of works of art which are now exhibited at the Hunterian Art Gallery.


Andrew McLaren Young
Art Historian

Born 19 September 1913, Southend, Scotland.
Died 4 February 1975.
University Link: Professor
GU Degree: MA, 1965;
Occupation categories: art historians
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Record last updated: 25th Oct 2013

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Posted by Professor Murray Grigor at 15:23:30 on 19 October 2013

Andrew McLaren Young should also be recognised for his research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His passion for the then much maligned architect, especially in the Glasgow of the Sixties, did much to restore CRM's reputation. The Mackintosh centenary exhibition at the 1968 Edinburgh Festival, which transferred to the V&A and then to five Continental cities was one of his greatest successes. McLaren Young then campaigned to rehouse the Davidson flat of Southpark Avenue, which the University had demolished. He worked closely with the architect William Whitfield to create the Mackintosh presence in the Hunterian. He also brokered a lucrative contract with Casina, Milano, for the reproduction of CRM furniture in the University collection, which did much to fund the Hunterian's archive, before his untimely death.