George Houston | Titan of Scottish Landscapes

George Houston RSA RSW is considered to be one of the greatest landscape painters to ever live and work in Scotland.


Born and raised in Ayrshire, the artist took much inspiration from the idyllic Scottish landscapes that surrounded him. Houston’s landscape paintings are instantly recognisable, with his Impressionistic brushstrokes and soft blue skies standing out. A contemporary of the Glasgow Boys, Houston was producing art in an electric and exciting time for Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole.



The economic boom at the end of the 19th century made Glasgow and its surrounding areas, such at Houston’s native Ayrshire, a profitable and stimulating locale for artists to create and flourish. 


His landscapes, most often depicting the shores, glens and munros of Ayrshire, Argyll and Iona, were highly successful and the subject of critical acclaim in his lifetime and beyond. McTear’s is honoured to offer a fine selection of eight lots by the artist in the 29 August Scottish Pictures Auction. From vast compositions measuring over a meter in length to smaller examples, just 24cm by 34cm, the Scottish Pictures Auction offers a wide variety of choices for every type of collector.



For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880

Makenzie Cool

Makenzie Cool

Makenzie Cool

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