Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
H H Martyn & Co Ltd
(fl. 1909-25)

Firm of sculptors, carvers and modellers producing architectural sculpture, metalwork, ornamental plasterwork and joinery, with reproductions of Grinling Gibbons carving a speciality.

Founded in London, they also had studios in Cheltenham and Birmingham.

Their Glasgow studio opened in 1909, at 160a Bothwell Street, and operated until 1925, by which time they had moved to 3 Blythswood Square as metal and plasterworkers.

Their work in Glasgow includes the sculpture on James Miller's Anchor Line Building, executed in Carrara Ware by Doulton & Co., 12-16 St. Vincent Place (1907); the heraldry on J A Campbell's Edinburgh Life Assurance building, 122-8 St Vincent Street (1904-6); and the ornamental metal-work in the former Union Bank, 110-20 St. Vincent Street (1924-7).

The firm's work elsewhere in Britain includes the oak South Africa War Memorial, Eton Memorial Library, Eton (1908) and the brass memorial to G A W Huddart, Brynkirin, Wales (1909).


Works in our Database:
1: St Vincent Place (City Centre),
Anchor Line Building, 12-16 St Vincent Place
Decorative Masks and Associated Carving (1905-7)
Sculptors: HH Martyn & Co; Manufacturers: Doulton & Co;
Architect: J Miller; Builders: Thaw & Campbell
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