Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

George Walton, 1867 - 1933. Architect and designer (1923)

About this artwork

Walton was the twelfth child of an exceptionally talented Glasgow-based family. Whilst working as clerk in the British Linen Bank Catherine Cranston commissioned him to decorate her Argyle Street tea-rooms in 1888. The same year Walton set up his company, described as “Ecclesiastical and House Decorators”, and enjoyed rapid success. He designed further premises for Cranston and interiors for such prestigious clients as the shipping magnate William Burrell. His firm offered a complete interior design service; providing wall-papers, stencil-work, stained-glass, furniture and metal-work - all aspects executed in a highly-unified arts and crafts manner.

  • title: George Walton, 1867 - 1933. Architect and designer
  • accession number: PG 3026
  • artist: Sir William Oliphant HutchisonScottish (1889 - 1970)
  • depicted: George Walton
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1923
  • measurements: 81.80 x 70.60 cm (framed: 89.60 x 79.00 x 3.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1997

Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

The son of a Kirkcaldy businessman, William Oliphant Hutchison studied at Edinburgh College of Art and in Paris. He was part of the group of young painters who exhibited as the Edinburgh Group immediately before and after the First World War. Surviving a severe war wound, from 1918 he lived in Edinburgh and London, practising as a portrait painter. In 1933 he became Director of Glasgow School of Art and distinguished himself as an able administrator especially during the war years, when he was in constant touch with students and staff on the front. He was knighted in 1953.