The Arts

Colin Hunter

Colin Hunter ARA Helensburgh Heroes
Victorian Artist and Engraver who grew up with a love of the sea. Specialising in coastal landscapes and marine scenes.

Colin Hunter was born in Glasgow on 16th July 1841, and was the youngest child in a family of three sons and two daughters of John Hunter and his wife Anne MacArthur. In 1844, owing to failing health, John moved the family to Helensburgh where he opened a library and bookshop and became the post master.

William Leiper

William Leiper
Influential Scottish Architect & Artist

William Leiper was born in Glasgow on 21 May 1839, the son of William Leiper who and Jane Mellis. Educated by his father and at Glasgow High School, he served his apprenticeship with Boucher & Cousland from '1855-6' to about 1859 when he went to London, working for John Loughborough Pearson and William White for approximately one year each.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Architect & Leading Light of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Whilst it is recognised and acknowledged that Charles Rennie Mackintosh was neither born nor resident in Helensburgh, he’ll be forever associated with the area thanks to his legacy of the Hill House.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow on 7 June 1868. He was the son of William McIntosh and Margaret Rennie. After leaving Allan Glen's School, he was apprenticed to an architect named John Hutchison, where he worked from 1884 until 1889. He later joined Honeyman and Keppie, a new architectural practice, eventually becoming a partner in 1903.

Christopher Orr

Artist Christopher Orr
Contemporary Artist who conjures dramatic and fantastic worlds from existent material

“Christopher Orr's dark, diminutive oil paintings seem at first glance to have been salvaged from some alternate past. He conjures a dramatic lost world in which characters, scenes, and objects culled from popular midcentury print media seem to have strayed into the sublime landscape visions of a nineteenth-century Romantic.”

Alexander Nisbet Paterson

Alexander Nisbet Paterson
Architect & Artist

Alexander Nisbet Paterson was born at Berkeley Terrace, Glasgow on 3 May 1862, the youngest son of Andrew Paterson and his wife Margaret Hunter.