McCulloch & Gow

Glaziers

Colour photograph of McCulloch & Co.'s invoice for work at the Glasgow School of Art, 1909

Hugh McCulloch (1843/44–1925), was born in Ayr and trained with renowned stained glass artist Daniel Cottier in London in the 1870s. 1 After a brief house-painting partnership in Glasgow as McCulloch & McEwan, he opened his own stained glass business at 102 West Regent Street in late 1875 or early 1876. 2 Charles Gow, whom he had known at Cottier's, joined him around 1880 as McCulloch & Gow, 'artists in stained glass and tile painting'. They amalgamated their several lines of business in 'one commodious and central premises' at 154 West Regent Street, in 1884. 3

McCulloch & Gow decorated the Banqueting Hall of Glasgow City Chambers in the late 1880s (supervised by architect William Leiper) and installed windows in New Kilpatrick Church (The Good Samaritan, 1885). In 1888, the firm printed an interior-design portfolio, 'rich yet harmonious in colouring ... warmer and brighter ... the plates themselves are ... works of art.' 4 From 1892 the business is listed as McCulloch & Co. in the Glasgow Postal Directories. For McCulloch's own residence, 'Hughenden' in Langside, the business made stained glass musicians (designed by David Gauld in the late 1890s) and classical maidens plucking fruit (Harrington Mann, 1898). 5 Displays for Wylie & Lochhead at the Glasgow International Exhbition 1901 led to commissions for that firm's designers, E. A. Taylor, John Ednie and George Logan, including a figurative window for ironfounder John Weir's house, Holmwood, Pollokshields (1902). 6

B/W Advertisement for McCulloch & Co., 'Glasgow Building Trades Exchange', 1896, p. 151

Notes:

1: Birth, death and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 29 and 30 June 2011]; Michael Donnelly, Glasgow Stained Glass: A Preliminary Survey, Glasgow: GAGMA, 1985, p. 26.

2: Glasgow Post Office Directories, 1874–7.

3: Glasgow Herald, 26 February 1884, p. 1.

4: Glasgow Herald, 24 January 1889, p. 4; this is probably the portfolio of which an example is held at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, GLAHA 54736 to 54748.

5: Elizabeth Williams, Anne Riches, Malcolm Higgs, The Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990, pp. 162, 543; Michael Donnelly, Glasgow Stained Glass: A Preliminary Survey, Glasgow: GAGMA, 1985, pp. 26–9. Scotland's Stained Glass: Making the Colours Sing, Edinburgh: HMSO, 1997, p. 65.

6: Michael Donnelly, Glasgow Stained Glass: A Preliminary Survey, Glasgow: GAGMA, 1985, pp. 58–9, 66–7.