Notes on Daniel Cottier (1837-1891) and Glasgow

Rachael and myself are lucky enough to be part of a ‘working’ team who are preparing a potential conference in Spring 2015! Although a very broad topic, which shall be kept under-wraps for now (wink, wink), one important subject which will be discussed is Daniel Cottier and his influence in Glasgow. As part of our research, I thought it might be a nice wee introduction to pull together a working, informal document on what we have discovered so far!

Our findings are below:

Daniel Cottier

1. Daniel Cottier (1837-1891) was born in Anderson, Glasgow. He was an artist, designer, independent art dealer and collector. Cottier dealt in and collected a wide range of items including 19th century French, British, Dutch and American paintings and decorative arts.

2.He had a wide range of well-known and influential friends including William Morris (1834-1896), Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902) and Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).

3. Cottier’s work featured in a series of major exhibitions in America, Canada and Australia. Examples of his work can be found at the V&A Museum ( 2 x earthenware tiles depicting ‘Night’ and ‘Day’ both c.1880), Brooklyn Museum (A clock by Cottier and Tiffany, c.1883), Glasgow Museums Collections Navigator (Stained Glass, Jason and the Golden Fleece c.1878) and several fine examples in Cairndhu House in Helensburgh.

Image © Tom Donald

4. In 1869 ‘Cottier and Co., Art Furniture Makers, Glass and Tile Painters’ was established in London.

5. Arguably, Cottier is best known in Glasgow for the interiors of his namesake (Category A listed) building, Cottiers Theatre, in Glasgow’s West End. The building was designed as part of the Downhill United Presbyterian Church in 1865 by William Leipar (1839-1916) but is now used as a bar, restaurant and events venue which opened it’s doors in April 1992. We are happy to report that it is still a thriving hub of activity on the Glasgow scene!

6. Other buildings featuring Cottier’s work are Prudhoe Hall (built 1860- 70) and Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, St. Michael’s Church, Linlithgow, Mearns Parish Church, Glasgow and St. Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen.

If you would like to discover more about Cottier and Glasgow please follow the links below.

Download Recovering Cottier’s:Approaches to Restoration and Interpretation in a Major Scheme of Painted Decoration in Glasgow’s West End.

Download the PDF Glasgow Stained Glass by Michael Donnelly

Download the PDF of Cottier’s in Context by Juliet Kinchin, Hilary Macartney and David Robertson

All views expressed are our own and we cannot be responsible for the content of links in the above post.


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