The Madras College Archive


Former Pupil Biographies

George Denholm Armour (1864 1949)
George was born in Waterside, Lanarkshire in 1864, the son of a cotton broker. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and Madras College, St. Andrews. He studied art at the Edinburgh School of Art and also at the Royal Scottish Academy, where he was supported by Robert Alexander RSA. He moved to Tangiers, Morocco to paint and buy horses and when his money ran out he moved to London to work as a painter and illustrator and shared a studio with Phil May.

He met Joseph Crawhall on a hunting and painting holiday, and they both ran a stud farmhouse in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England. In 1898, he got married, and Crawhall was his best man at the wedding. He did illustrations for The Graphic, Punch and Country Life.

In 1910, he studied military equestrianism at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. In 1913, he became an honorary member of the Meadowbrook Polo Club.

During the First World War, he commanded a cavalry squadron, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel with the British Salonika Force. He was awarded the OBE in 1919. He specialised in sporting drawings and his early work was published in the Graphic and Punch from 1896. He also contributed to Sporting & Dramatic News, Country Life and Tatler, and other sporting publications. He also painted equestrian portraits of society figures.

When his wife died in 1924, he remarried and lived in Malmesbury. He became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy. He died in Wiltshire on 17 February 1949.