Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 203 (Sale info: $375.00).
"b. Paisley, Scotland, 1837. Was brought to America in 1840, and began the study of art. He studied in Munich for an number of years, under Professors Rabb, Wagner, Ramberg, and Lindenschmidt, eminent men representing various schools there. His professional life has been spent in Chicago, Munich, and New York. Elected member of the Chicago Academy, 1878, and later of the National Academy, New York, but resigned his membership in the latter association. Professor of drawing and painting in the Art Students' League, New York. Member of the American Art Union. " One of the best draughtsmen and finest colorists in the country. His compositions are always thoroughly artistic; well balanced in light and shadow masses, coherent and harmon- ious in their various pArts. What would be secured only after deep study and experimenting by some men, seems natural to Mr. Shirlaw, in whose paintings one is not constantly impressed with the evidence of a tremendous amount of painfully sustained labor, but rather, one feels a sense of exhilaration in contemplating the free, fresh, vigorous productions of his brush. Mr. Shirlaw's art is that satisfactory art conceals art. His pictures differ from the carefully painted pictures of many other artists just as brilliant extemporaneous eloquence is usually more forceful and effective than carefully studied periods. Louisville Courier-Journal." [P. 44; illustration depicts seated woman with cat curled upon the back of her neck. both are asleep.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.