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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Alexander Malcolm


ALEXANDER MALCOLM, artist and illustrator, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, December 14, 1870, the first son of Alexander and Janet (Osborne) Malcolm. His father, who was a chemist in Edinburgh, died in 1899 in his sixty-fifth year. His mother lives with sisters in Dundee, Scotland.

Mr. Malcolm began his education in the Stockbridge Public School, Edinburgh, where he gained a scholarship giving him six years’ free education in the Royal High School. It was his father ‘s desire that he should prepare for the medical profession; but after two years’ study at the Royal High School, this was abandoned, that he might follow his artistic bent. He was apprenticed in Edinburgh as a lithographic artist, a profession he followed while completing his art studies in the South Kensington Art Schools, London. While here, in 1895, he was awarded the Queen ‘s Prize, being third in the United Kingdom in freehand drawing of 37,000 contestants.

Mr. Malcolm came to the United States in 1895, and was employed for five years in the art department of Tiffany & Company, New York City. In 1901, he established business for himself and has been exceptionally successful as a producer of the finest art-printing by all the processes, making the original designs and supervising their reproduction. He is also an expert in the art of illumination and heraldry, having made a special study of this work after the Owen Jones school, the greatest exponent of Missal Illumination in Great Britain. His designing, however, is not confined to the graphic arts. His work as an interior decorator may be seen in the Ladies’ Drawing Room and Private Dining Rooms of the Hotel Astor, New York. The Astor china, glassware and linen are also of Mr. Malcolm’s design. He has executed work for many other New York hotels.

Mr. Malcolm is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the Art in Trades Club, New York, Greenwood Lodge 569, F. & A. M., and of the Lefferts Park Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn. He married, June 3, 1896, Mary Nicoll Fleming, second daughter of David Nicoll and Katherine Randall Fleming, of Dundee, Scotland. They had three children: Winnifred, born September 3, 1897; Alexander, born May 29, 1900, died September 26, 1904; and Kathryn Osborne, born November 29, 1903. Their home address is 1667 Seventieth Street, Brooklyn; Mr. Malcolm’s business address, 2 West 47th Street, New York City.


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