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John P Main

A sculptor and painter, he was born in Glasgow and studied at GSA in the 1890s under Kellock Brown and Derwent Wood .

He won national competitions, 1893-8, including a bronze medal for a Fighting Gladiator, 1895, which received high praise from examiners W H Thornycroft , Thomas Brock, EO Ford and H H Armstead.

He executed portrait busts, decorative panels and statuettes, but was more productive as a painter of landscapes and the River Clyde.

His only recorded public work in Glasgow is the Dr. James Wilson Memorial Drinking Fountain at the junction of Edmiston Drive and Hinshelwood Drive (1906), which has since become a regular target for 'Coning' by individuals who believe Glasgow's statues look much better with traffic cones on their heads.

J P Main exhibited at PAI, 1894-1901, and at RGIFA , 1896-1934, including Architectural Panel (1897), The Song (1902) and The Young Highland Chieftain (1907).

He lived at Pollokshields and Clarkston, and died on 16th March, 1934. He is buried in Eastwood New Cemetery.


Works in our Database:
1: Edmiston Drive (Ibrox),
At the junction of Hinshelwood Drive and Copland Road
James Wilson Memorial Fountain (1907)
Sculptor: JP Main
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