Important Acquisition

We are delighted to announce the recent acquisition of 3 portraits by the wonderfully talented Tom McKendrick. Tom is a Scottish artist who was born and raised in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. In 2012 he decided to mark the approaching centenary of the First World War by painting one hundred portraits of men and women who have served their country.

Cpl James Smith

Above: Portrait of Corporal James Smith

The title of his series is simply called Soldiers and features several former and serving members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. With the generous support of the National Fund for Acquisitions and Art Fund we were able to purchase three of Tom’s portraits for the Museum Collection.

WO2 Terry Lowe
Above: Portrait of WO2 Terry Lowe

The paintings purchased by the Museum feature WO2 Terry Lowe, Colour Sergeant Craig Sharp MC and Corporal James Smith respectively. These 3 portraits along with other work from Tom’s Soldiers series will be going on display at Clydebank Museum in early November and it’s hoped they can be loaned out to other Scottish museums and galleries in 2019 and beyond.

Craig Sharp MC

Above: Portrait of Colour Sergeant Craig Sharp MC


If you would like to hear the soldiers above talk about their experiences and give their opinions on their portraits, please click on the links below.

James Smith Video Interview

Terry Lowe Video Interview

Craig Sharp MC Video Interview


The Artist

Further information on the Soldiers series can be found on the artist’s website (please click the link below).

Tom McKendrick’s Website