Orr, Jack

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Jack Orr was born John McPherson Scott Orr, circa 1889 in Govan, one of nine children of Margaret Ronald Orr and William Orr, a builder of fireproof structures. He attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1902 to1905 beginning at age 14 as a day student in drawing. He served in the 9th battalion of the Highland Light Infantry from 1914, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in 1915. Before and after the war he worked as an artist, painting in oil and watercolour. He produced multiple children's book illustrations and depictions of exotic birds and parrots on silk and linen. Two of his older brothers also studied at The Glasgow School of Art and became artists, William Stewart Orr and Monro Scott Orr, working similarly in watercolour.

Jack became head of the College of Commercial Art in London before resigning in 1939. He died in 1961 at the age of 72. Some of his paintings are held in the Edinburgh City collection, and can be seen on the BBC's Your Paintings page. Jack Orr is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by J M McEwan.

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