Tom Curr, Scottish commercial artist

Anticipating this weekend’s rugby internationals here’s a strong image by Thomas Curr (1887-1958), one of Scotland’s finest commercial artists who, after war service as Lieutenant, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, B.E.F., worked briefly for prestigious London-based Canadian co-operative Carlton Studio and then for the rest of his career for Edinburgh-based McLagan and Cumming. The archive of Peter Scott & Co. at Scottish Borders Archives has a book of 1910s-1920s commercial artwork which includes a number of items by Curr, including the illustration below.

Information courtesy of Dr Sandy Brewer of Oxford Brookes University who will be publishing more on Tom Curr later this year.

[Illustration: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/512/McLagan & Cumming Block File Book]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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