James Young


James Charles Young (1839–1923), is listed as James Young, sculptor, in the Glasgow Post Office directories from 1873, with workshops at various locations in the city centre, Finnieston and Partick. He executed many important commissions in the 1870s and 1880s, including the allegorical figures of The Seasons on the George A. Clark Town Hall, Paisley (1879–82) and the statue of Vulcan on Dunbeth Municipal Buildings (1894). After 1900, he lists himself as James Charles Young in the directory. By 1910–11, he had been joined by his son, James Augustine, who traded first as James Young & Son, then after his father's retirement, as James Young, then James A. Young. This prolific family firm of architectural sculptors dominated Glasgow sculpture after the death of John Mossman in 1890. Archibald C. Dawson (1892–1938) became a partner in the firm in the early 1930s: it traded as Dawson & Young at 1103 Argyle Street until its closure in 1936. 1


1: Gary Nisbet, www.glasgowsculpture.com [accessed 17 January 2012]; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1873–1936.