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Mystery-portrait-wTHE PAINTER of a portrait of a young girl — acquired by the Anderson Trust Local Collection — has not been positively identified, but may have been a famous artist and illustrator who grew up in Rhu.

The painting came from the estate of the late Vea Black, who lived in Dunavon, Rhu, in 2001, and the artist is highly likely to be have been her ‘Uncle Archie’, A.S.Hartrick.

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Charles Blatherwick's painting entitled 'The Coast Road' — perhaps the old Helensburgh pier from the east, with the Rosneath Peninsula beyond.

A LEADING Scottish artist of his time spent the final thirty years of his life enjoying living on the shores of the Gareloch.

Charles-Blatherwick-wDr Charles Blatherwick, whose daughter Lily also was a well-known painter and printmaker, spent three decades at Dunaivon, Rhu, prior to his sudden death from a burst blood vessel in the brain at Fish House, Kirkcudbright, on September 17 1895.

Polly-Clark-cutout-wA NEW novel has been named after former Helensburgh school Larchfield.

It has been written by Polly Clark, who herself lives quite close to the Colquhoun Street building, now converted into flats.

A PERMANENT multi-purpose Helensburgh tribute to famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2018 is the dream of a Kilcreggan couple.

Architect Bruce Jamieson and his wife Nicola — former manager of the tourist information office in the Clock Tower on the seafront — bought the top floor of the former Conservative Club above M & Co at 40 Sinclair Street in the summer, having previously tried to buy it four years earlier.

Morven Christie 2017-wTHE TALK of the TV drama steamie in the spring of 2017 was a very talented Helensburgh-born actress.

Morven Christie, who says that she is beginning to wonder if she is becoming the go-to-actor for gutsy parts in top level drama series, was outstanding in the three-part BBC drama ‘The Replacement’.

Bill-Wright-wA HELENSBURGH man was not only one of the West of Scotland’s leading artists . . . he also taught thousands of young people to love art.

Bill Wright RSW, who lived at 16 Craigendoran Avenue for 51 years, died peacefully on November 8 2016 at the age of 85 after a long period of ill health.

George-Glen-in-Damned-wA WELL-KNOWN Helensburgh actress is one of the stars of a new Channel Four comedy series currently being shown.

‘Damned’, a six-part series starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies, features Georgie Glen (right), who is perhaps best known for her many appearances in Waterloo Road, the BBC-1 TV schools drama series which ended in March last year.

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