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Colquhoun and MacBryde: More Lasting than Life

Louise Welsh talks about artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, whose relationship endured their rapid rise as fashionable artists and their eventual fall from grace.

Novelist Louise Welsh on the life, love, the rise and the fall of Scottish artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. The two Roberts, as they came to be known, met in 1933, as students at Glasgow School of Art. They were together until their early deaths; Colquhoun at the age of forty-seven, MacBryde four years later at the age of fifty-three. Their relationship endured their meteoric rise as fashionable artists and their eventual fall from grace as post-was tastes in art began to change.

Part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

Writer: Louise Welsh
Reader: Louise Welsh
Producer: Simon Richardson.

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