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
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.