Muriel Boyd (1888-1981) was a painter, artistic embroidress and decorator born in Glasgow, who in 1904 was accepted as a student at Glasgow School of Art.
Here she studied under Jessie Newbery, wife of Fra Newbery the Headmaster of the School of Art. A prolific prize-winner she was awarded the Professor Giraldon Prize for the Governors' Day Class and a full free studentship for design from 1906 until 1910. In 1907 she was also awarded Mrs Newbery's prize for embroidery which was granted annually during the school's Art Club exhibition. In 1909 Boyd gained her Diploma and in 1910 she was appointed Needlework Mistress of Bearsden School, later moving to Rosslyn Terrace School in 1913.
Muriel Boyd exhibited throughout her career, most notably in 1914 at 'Les Arts Decoratives de Grande Bretagne et D'Irlande Exposition' held in Le Palais de Louvre, Paris. In 1910, her work was illustrated in Studio Magazine and three years later several other items by Boyd were published in The Studio Year Book for 1913. In 1916 Muriel Boyd married Archibald Sandeman and their daughter was the painter Margot Sandeman), and although this brought her teaching career to an end she continued to embroider. Examples of her work are in the collection of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A family exhibition, 'At Home in Bearsden and Corrie' was held early in 2011 at the Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow.
Muriel and Archibald Sandeman by Liz Arthur: Catalogue of an exhibition held at Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries, 1987. ISBN 0902752324.
At home in Bearsden and Corrie : Muriel Boyd (1887-1981), Archibald Sandeman (1887-1941) and Margot Sandeman (1922-2009): Catalogue of an exhibition held at and published by Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow and the Hughson Gallery, Glasgow, 2011.