Armour, William

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Armour, William

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1903-1979

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Born Paisley, 20 Aug. Painter in oil, watercolour and pastel, also a wood engraver; portraits, landscapes and figurative subjects. Son of Hugh Armour, a designer. Educated first in Paisley and then at Glasgow School of Art (1918-1923) under Maurice Greiffenhagen. Joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art in 1947 becoming Head of Drawing and Painting in 1955. Retired 1957. The influences which remained with him until the end of his life were, in the field of watercolour, Cotman de Wint, and Turner; in oil it was Velasquez, and in drawing Holbein and Degas. His many pastel portraits were informed by a fine command of draughtsmanship. Married Mary Armour 1927. Elected RSW 1941, ARSA 1958, RSA 1966. Represented in SNGMA, Aberdeen AG, Dundee AG, Glasgow AG, Greenock AG, Lillie AG (Milngavie), Paisley AG, Pert AG, SAC & Belfast AG.

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Sources

McEwan, Peter J M, Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture

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