George Houghton’s reputation amongst the golfing fraternity is understandably founded
largely on his reputation as an author and cartoonist. Given the breadth of his output
in these areas, over 40 books and accompanying cartoons, numerous calendars and
a veritable army of appreciative ‘golf addicts’, that is hardly surprising.
Yet there was still another side to George’s artistic output that is less well known.
Away from the demands of publication he was a painter of considerable talent, especially
in the field of watercolours; a medium that is peculiarly suited to the changeability
and nervous energy of the links. If few golfers have travelled so far or visited
so many courses, then even fewer have possessed the penetrating eye and sensitivity
of the artist.