A. & J. Scott

Painters

A & J. Scott, house painters and decorators, Glasgow, originated as Scott, Mitchell & Co. in the 1850s. 1 Archibald Scott resigned c. 1863, and went into partnership with his brother James, who had been working in Kirkcaldy. 2 However, Archibald died only five years later.

From the late 1870s, the firm traded from 245, and later also from 247, Sauchiehall Street. 3 By 1881, James employed between thirty and forty men, and ten boys, including George W. Sellars,who later founded his own firm George. W. Sellars & Co.. By this date, James' and Archibald's sons had returned to Kirkcaldy to follow the family trade there. 4 Advertising material dating from 1891 describes Scott’s showroom displays of Japanese, French and embossed wallpaper samples, and emphasises their skills in wood staining and in painting canvas in imitation of tapestry. 5

When James died in 1890, the running of the firm was taken on by his son John, who had attended the South Kensington School of Art. 6 In the 1900s, A. & J. Scott moved to West George Street, and after John's retiral in the 1920s, his own son continued the firm. 7

John Scott was president of the Glasgow Federation of Master Painters in 1899–1900, and was actively involved in technical education for trainees, and in establishing common professional standards in Glasgow. 8

The firm worked on Ibrox and Kilmalcolm United Presbyterian Churches, St Andrew’s Halls and Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow. 9 They exhibited at the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888, and claimed to make each project ‘a thing of beauty and a joy for – as long as paint lasts'. 10

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directories 1855–1923; Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 91.

2: Census information obtained at www.ancestry.co.uk, accessed 23 August 2012; Glasgow Post Office Directories 1855–1923.

3: Death information obtained at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, accessed 23 August 2012; Glasgow Post Office Directories 1855–1923.

4: Cenus information obtained at www.ancestry.co.uk, accessed 23 August 2012.

5: Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 91.

6: Will information obtained at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, accessed 23 August 2012; Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 91.

7: Glasgow Post Office Directories 1855–1923; Edinburgh Gazette, 19 February 1937, p. 162.

8: Glasgow City Archives Collection: TD194/3(1), Scottish Amalgamated Society of House and Ship Painters Membership Card, Working Rules; TD194/1/2(1), Standard Rates of Glasgow Master Painters Association, p. 13.

9: Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 91.

10: Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 91.