Alexander Stuart-Hill

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The painter Alexander Stuart-Hill (1887/8–1948) was born in Perth and studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he was awarded a scholarship allowing him to travel in France, Italy and Spain. 1 During the First World War he worked in a military hospital in France. He regularly exhibited portraits and landscapes at the Royal Academy from 1920 to 1947, and showed with the National Portrait Society at the Grosvenor Gallery and at the New Chenil Galleries in Chelsea. 2 In 1937 the Redfern Gallery held a one-man exhibition of his portraits and views of London bridges. 3 He designed a poster (with Vorticist overtones) showing Mousehole, Penzance, for Shell in 1932, and another featuring bridges over the Thames for London Transport in 1943. 4 Examples of his work are in the collection of Perth Museum and Art Gallery. According to his obituary in The Times, besides painting 'there was nothing "Stuart" could not do with his hands, from building chimneys and repairing roofs to the most delicate work in petit-point embroidery', and his studio at 41 Glebe Place, Chelsea, was a lively social meeting place in the years before the Second World War. 5

Notes:

1: The Times, 24 February 1948, p. 7.

2: The Times, 22 February 1919, p. 8; 25 January 1927, p. 10.

3: The Times, 7 October 1937, p. 12

4: National Motor Museum: Shell Advertising Art Collection, 360; London Transport Museum, 1983/4/5543.

5: The Times, 24 February 1948, p. 7.