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JOHN MACALLAN SWAN (1847-1910)

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 179 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN MACALLAN SWAN (1847-1910), English painter and sculptor, received his art training first in England at the Worcester and Lambeth schools of art and the Royal Academy schools, and subsequently in Paris, in the studios of J. L. Ger6me and E. Fremiet. He began to exhibit at the Academy in 1878, and was elected associate in 1894 and academician in 1005. He was appointed a member of the Dutch Water-Colour Society in x885; and associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1896 and full member in 1899. A master of the oil, water-colour and pastel mediums, an accomplished ' An enormous amount of labour has been bestowed upon the Hirundinidae by R. B. Sharpe (Cat. B. Brit. Illus. x. 85-21o), and in the finely-illustrated Monograph which he and C. W. Wyatt have published (2 vols. 4to, London, 1885-1894). painter and a skilful draughtsman, he ranks also as a sculptor on a large scale of electric lighting by means of glow lamps. of distinguished ability. He has treated the human figure with In another method devised by him for the manufacture of filaments, collodion was squirted into a coagulating solution and the tough threads thus obtained carbonized by heat. He also devoted attention to apparatus for measuring electric currents, to the improvement of accumulators and to the conditions governing the electro-deposition of metals. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1894, and served as president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1898–1899 and of the Society of Chemical Industry in 1901. In the last-named year he received the honorary degree of D.Sc. from Durham University, and he was knighted in 1904.
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