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Orr, William Stewart

William Stewart Orr ( usually known as Stewart Orr)  was born in Glasgow in 1872, son of a Glasgow merchant and elder brother of artist and illustrator, Munro Scott Orr.

He attended Glasgow School of Art and then worked successfully as an illustrator before turning to landscape painting in watercolour.

Orr married Mary Stuart Douglas and was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1925. In 1927, Who's Who in Art described him as "water-colourist (chiefly), book illustrator occasionally".

He lived in Corrie House, Corrie on the Isle of Arran for many years and thus, many of his paintings are of the island, especially, Corrie, Glen Sannox and the Arran hills, including a fine view of Beinn Tarsuinn from the road between Machrie and Imachar.

His work is characterised by the use of fresh colours and a fluid style. Orr died in 1944.


The Dictionary of Scottish Painters: Paul Harris and Julian Halsby: Canongate 1990


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