Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
James Hendry
(fl. 1885-9)

An architectural sculptor, little is known about James Hendry's life and career.

His only known commission for carvings on a building was for the Evening Citizen newspaper offices at 24 St Vincent Place (1885-9).

Working from plans designed by architect Thomas Lennox Watson, the building's ornament was in the Italian Renaissance style and comprised refined and delicately carved lettering, arabesques, lion masks and grotesque animals and birds.

Hendry was possibly an employee in the firm of J Young at the time of the Evening Citizen commission, rather than being an independent carver. This is suggested by the absence of his name in the lists of sculptors and carvers in the city's PODs for the period.

Alternately, his absence from the lists, together with the lack of recorded works in the city, suggests that he might not have been based in Glasgow at all.

Sources:

  • BA : Evening Citizen Offices, vol. 31, 31 May, 1889, p. 389.

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