George Logan (1866–1939)
George Logan (1866-1939), born in Beith, a trained cabinetmaker and water colourist, joined Wylie &Lochhead in 1882; having the earliest and longest serving association with the company out of himself, Taylor and Ednie.
Wylie &Lochhead, central to the Glasgow Style, began to gain a reputation in the 1870s fitting out omnibuses and ocean liners a large firm of coachbuilders and cabinetmakers. They were makers to Queen Victoria and furnishers of the royal suite at the Glasgow Exhibition in 1888. Within this firm is a strong scope of designers including three heavily influential men; one of which was Logan.
Similar to Taylor, Logan also worked and taught at the West of Scotland Technical College, which they collectively ran throughout the First World War.
In 1937 he retired from W&L. Despite remaining in employment here, he did occasional freelance work for other manufacturers including Greenock Cabinetmaking Company.
Besides his evident training, he was considered a fine watercolourist and musician, exploring how ‘the secret of colour harmonies is with those whose hearts are betrothed to nature...’. His poetics, and considerations in his designs were obvious, but it was said that ‘absolute comfort’ was not always at the forefront of his ambitious furniture, although he pushed more in the direction of a favourable atmosphere than in the creation of imagery. This musical dedication and atmospheric dictation was expressed and illustrated further through his poetry writing and prayers for the Greenock Telegraph.
Researched and written by Tony Geering & Kristy Campbell.
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