Claude Harrison

Robert Gillanders and his son, bagpipe-makers, at work (1966)

About this artwork

Originally painted for Shell’s ‘Country Craft’ series in 1966, this painting shows Robert Gillanders, master bagpipe maker and silversmith, hard at work with his son in their Forfar workshop. The scene is carefully constructed, divided into three horizontal panels, which creates a surreal composition. The foreground features the bagpipe’s drones on a tartan bench. The centre shows the workshop, with the son turning the chanter on the lathe and the father stitching the pipe bag. The scene is set against a Highland landscape with loch, mountains and a ruined castle. Established in 1929 the company became ‘R. Gillanders and Son’ in 1956/1957. It was then bought by Pipe Major Ian McLeod in 1972 and is now based in Edinburgh.

Claude Harrison

Claude Harrison

Claude Harrison studied at Preston College of Art, from 1939 to 1941 and Liverpool College of Art, from 1941-2, before being enlisted and spending five years in the RAF. Following his return, he was accepted into the Royal College of Art where he studied from 1947-50. Harrison’s oeuvre features murals, portraits, conversation pieces and mystical figure compositions - which often include masked harlequin figures set against a landscape scene. He was a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and his work has been shown in the annual Royal Academy summer exhibition for the past thirty-two years.