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John Glashan (1927-1999)


John Glashan was best known as the creator of the cartoon strip, ‘Genius’, which developed a cult following during its five-year run in the Observer. His passion for fine watercolour painting allowed him to develop his world of tiny figures inhabiting beautiful, vast, baroque interiors and sweeping landscapes.

John Glashan was born John McGlashan in Glasgow on 24 December 1927. His father, Archibald McGlashan, was a portrait painter who became a Royal Scottish Academician in 1938 and President of the Glasgow Art Club in 1959. He was educated at Woodside School and, following his National Service, went on to study painting and drawing at Glasgow School of Art. In 1945, he won the gold medal in a Glasgow Corporation schools drawing competition.

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