George. W. Sellars & Sons


George W. Sellars & Sons was founded by George Watt Sellars (1850–1911), the younger brother of noted Glasgow architect James Sellars (1843–1888). 1 Sellars was working for painting firm A. & J. Scott by 1871, but described himself as a 'mercantile book-keeper', or clerk, rather than a practical tradesman. He is not listed as an employee of the Scotts after 1883, but continued to be listed in the Post Office directories as 'book-keeper', suggesting his personal expertise was in business administration rather than in creating decorative finishes. 2 By 1891, however, he described himself as a painter and decorator, and from 1893, ran a business in his own name at 239–41 West George Street. 3

Sellars's three sons, James (b. 1876), Stephen (b. 1883) and Charles (b. 1885), joined the firm and continued the business after their father's death, as George W. Sellars & Sons. 4 The firm continued into the 1970s. 5


1: 'James Sellars, Biography Report', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, [accessed 24 August 2012].

2: 1871 and 1891 census information, [accessed 24 August 2012]; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1870–1915.

3: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1870–1915.

4: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1870–1915.

5: Edinburgh Gazette, 21 March 1975, p. 416.