British painter and theatre designer, born at Maybole, Ayrshire. After working for five years as an engineer in a factory, he studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1932–7. He formed an inseparable relationship with his fellow student Robert Colquhoun and they lived and worked together until the latter's death in 1962. MacBryde himself consistently maintained that Colquhoun was the dominant figure artistically, and his own work (mainly still-lifes and figure subjects) has been overshadowed by that of his partner. Colquhoun was certainly the more imaginative, but some critics maintain that MacBryde had a better sense of colour.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.