James Herbert MacNair [commonly known as Herbert MacNair; also known as J. Herbert McNair; and as Bertie McNair] was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 23 December 1868. After studying painting in Rouen, France for a year, he was articled as an architect to John Honeyman (1831-1914) and his office, Honeyman & Keppie in Glasgow from 1888 to 1894. He also studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1889 to 1894 and in 1895-96. In 1894, having completed his articles, McNair set up a studio and workshop at 225 West George Street, Glasgow where he began working as an interior decorator, furniture designer/maker, graphic artist and painter. During this period. he produced some of his finest furniture, By this time he became engaged to Francis Macdonald, whom he had met at Glasgow School of Art.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet) https://www.arthistoryresearch.net/

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