John Reid Murray (1861-1906) was born in Helensburgh. He studied at Glasgow before going to Antwerp Academy and exhibited with The Glasgow Boys in Europe. A landscape painter, his work is distinguished by the frequent use of heavy impasto with a fine feel for seasonal colour often with an extensive foreground and low horizon. He gained a gold medal in Munich in 1897 and is represented in The Glasgow Art Gallery. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Academy, Royal Hibernian Society, Glasgow Institute and Liverpool.
"The Close of Day" is an oil painting on canvas measuring 12"x 16". It is framed in a gilt frame giving an overall size of 19" x 23".