Robert Houston (1891 - 1942) was born in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire and died in Glasgow. He was a painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes, mainly coastal scenery and lochans, and figurative subjects , also an aquatintist. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where he was a contemporary of Gordon Thomas.
He painted mainly landscapes of the west coast and western isles. He also executed railway posters for which his strong sense of design and use of solid colour was ideally suited.
He was elected Royal Society of Watercolourists in 1936, exhibited widely in RA, RSA, RSW, GI, and L. His work is represented in Glasgow Art Galleries.