Emilio Coia

Stanley Baxter, b. 1926. Entertainer and artist (late 1970s / early 1980s)

About this artwork

Stanley Baxter’s variety career started at aged seven when, egged on by his mother, he entertained audiences at church socials in Glasgow’s West End with his impressions of Sir Harry Lauder, Dave Willis and Mae West. In 1959 he moved to London and between 1963 and 1986 starred in his own series of big-budget variety shows and one-off specials for the BBC and ITV. The Scottish press initially viewed Baxter’s move south as an abandonment of Scottish theatre. Baxter’s most well-loved and enduring creation is Parliamo Glasgow, a series of sketches in which he plays the part of a professor demonstrating and interpreting Glasgow patter in the style of a foreign language tutor to great comic effect.

Emilio Coia

Emilio Coia

Glasgow-born Coia studied at Glasgow School of Art where his teacher, Maurice Grieffenhagen, identified his abilities as a caricaturist. After college Coia eloped to London with fellow student, Marie Neale. To begin with, Coia walked the length of Fleet Street trying to sell his caricatures to the newspapers, before the ‘Sunday Chronicle’ took him onto their books. His talent was quickly recognised. After many years working in advertising during the Second World War Coia returned to Glasgow and drew caricatures for the ‘Evening Times’, followed by the ‘Daily Record’. The Record’s editor, Alastair Dunnett, went on to become editor of ‘The Scotsman’ and took Coia with him, giving him creative freedom. He remained the paper’s resident caricaturist for nearly fifty years.