H. L. Anderson & Co.

Painters

B/W Advertisement for H. L. Anderson & Co., 'Glasgow Building Trades Exchange', 1898, p. 152

Hugh Locke Anderson (c. 1818–1888) headed Glasgow painters and decorators H. L. Anderson & Co. for 43 years. From around 1860 until 1883 his partner was Charles Carlton, who then entered business with his own son as Charles Carlton & Son. 1

Anderson's company grew from 12 employees in 1851 to 38 in 1871. Apprentices at that time included his nephews James and Robert Anderson (1846–1916; latterly a city councillor), who later founded J. & R. Anderson in 1870. Hugh's sons Robert Locke (1861–1934) and Steuart (1868–1938) continued the family business. Other sons became a physician and a solicitor. 2

In 1878, Hugh Anderson and his wife lost 3000 in the notorious failure of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1878, which 'swept away all the results of many years of toil'. 3 However, business continued and work in the 1880s included heraldry for the City Chambers foundation stone-laying ceremonies in 1883, and decorating the new Langside Parish Church, Glasgow (A. Skirving, 1886). 4 By the late 1890s the firm was sufficiently prosperous to commission John Honeyman & Keppie to build new premises which included a showroom, workshop and stores.

Hugh Anderson served on the Council of the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and involved himself in Glasgow's cultural life. 5 Robert & Steuart Anderson served as officials of the Association (later Federation) of Master Painters in Scotland, and in 1929 endowed the H. L. Anderson Fund, which gave apprentices the opportunity of attending the Glasgow School of Art. 6

Colour photograph of H. L. Anderson & Co.'s invoice for painting at the Glasgow School of Art, 1909

Notes:

1: Glasgow Herald, 12 January 1888, p. 1, 5 February 1883, p. 1; wills and testaments data, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 10 October 2012]; Glasgow Post Office Directories 1840–1900; Edinburgh Gazette, 2 February 1883, p. 84.

2: Birth, death and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 10 & 19 October 2012]; George Eyre-Todd, 'Robert Anderson', Who's Who in Glasgow in 1909, Glasgow: Gowans & Gray, 1909 (unpaginated); Edinburgh Gazette, 17 June 1913, p. 655; Scotsman, 24 May 1916, p. 6; Scotsman, 5 January 1938, p. 9.

3: Leeds Mercury, 4 October 1878 p. 8; Glasgow Herald, 12 January 1888, p. 6.

4: Glasgow Herald, 6 March 1884, p. 4; 31 May 1886, p. 10.

5: Glasgow Herald, 12 January 1888, p. 6.

6: Glasgow Herald, 17 January 1893, p. 4; Scotsman, 28 February 1903, p. 7; 4 January 1907, p. 6; 11 February 1928, p. 13; 5 January 1938, p. 9; Scotsman, 22 February 1929, p. 12; Glasgow Herald, 22 February 1929, p. 7.