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Memorial to Eugene Bourdon by Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933)

Memorial to Eugene Bourdon

Robert Anning Bell was Professor of the Design Section at GSA from 1911 to 1918, and then became Visiting Director of Studies to the Design School until his death in 1933. He was a painter, modeller for coloured relief, illustrator and designer of stained glass and mosaics. This stained glass memorial window commemorates Eugène Bourdon (1870-1916), the first Professor of Architectural Design at GSA, who was killed in action at the Somme in July 1916

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WW1 – Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield

Exhibition 05 NOV 2016 – 04 DEC 2016 As part of the School’s World War One centenary activities, GSA’s Archives and Collections produced an exhibition ‘Eugène Bourdon, From the Classroom to the Battlefield’ showing the work of GSA’s first Professor of Architecture Eugène Bourdon who died in the Battle of the Somme. Related Posts William McCance 10 September 2018 Glasgow and the Art Deco Influence: The Interior Design of Charles Cameron Baillie 09 July 2018

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Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield

Now residing in the Reid Building ground floor corridor is the exhibition Eugène Bourdon, From the Classroom to the Battlefield. This exhibition focuses on the career of Paris-born Eugène Bourdon, The Glasgow School of Art’s first Professor of Architectural Design whose life was lost while serving with the French Forces at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Curated by the GSA Archives and Collections Curator, Peter Trowles, this exhibition displays some of the 100+

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Remembering Bourdon Part 4: In the trenches

Fiona Hall writes about a recent discovery in the GSA Archives and Collections in the last post of the ‘Remembering Bourdon’ series. A recent discovery within the correspondence is a notice advertised in the School on behalf of Bourdon requesting care packages for his men, and attached to the poster is an image of Bourdon taken in the trenches sometime during 1914-15. It is difficult to articulate how it felt opening this item and glancing

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Remembering Bourdon part 3: Bravery and Life at the Front

Fiona Hall continues with her research into Eugène Bourdon and his experience of World War I. 1915: Bourdon’s bravery and life at the Front.  In 1915 Bourdon kept up regular correspondence with the School, and alongside the ongoing issues regarding his salary, it is clear that he also wished to be informed of events and life at GSA. He expressed interest in the development of the Roll of Honour and in the events of the

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Remembering Bourdon Part 2: Captain Bourdon

In this week’s post Fiona Hall continues with the story of Eugene Bourdon who was killed at the Battle of the Somme. Captain Bourdon ‘I trust, therefore, that you will have no further disquietude… but rest contented that although you are absent in body your spirit rules over the school which is at once your creation and your monument’. Secretary John M. Groundwater to Bourdon, July 1916. This second instalment of Bourdon’s story will focus

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Remembering Bourdon: Part 1

Exactly 100 years ago today on 1 July 1916, Staff Captain Eugene Bourdon, GSA’s first professor of Architectural Design was killed in France at the Battle of the Somme. As a mark of respect, an information board has been placed in the foyer of the School’s Reid Building to commemorate Bourdon’s ultimate sacrifice. Later this year (from November 5th), an exhibition ‘Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield’ will open in the Reid Building

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Key Dates

Resource Learn more about GSA’s History and browse a selection of images of material from our holdings by date range Pre 1889 1890 – 1918 1919 – 1950 1951 – 1970 1971 – 1990 1991 – present 1845 – 1889The Early Years During the 19th century, Glasgow was a busy and prosperous industrial city. There was a large demand for designers and architects to support its businesses and growing population. The Glasgow School of Art

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WW1 – From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars

Exhibition 16 JAN 2016 – 14 MAR 2016 From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars was a curated selection of materials from the archive that artist Rachel Lowther used in her research for Nothing Compares to the First Time Getting Shot At. Showing a selection of letters and ephemera from the Archives and Collections, these artefacts told the story of many individuals from the GSA during the First World war including, Francis

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Architecture

About Highlights Related POsts View in Catalogue The Glasgow School of Art has taught architecture for over 100 years. Our collections include information about the curriculum, examples of staff and student work, and drawings relating to GSA buildings, including our world-famous Mackintosh Building (1909); our category C-listed Assembly building (John Keppie and Henderson, 1930); and our award-winning Reid Building (Steven Holl Architects, 2014). Our photograph collections also contain many unique images of Glasgow architecture. In

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Exhibitions Projects Research Guides Resources Exhibitions ambi 07 MAY 2021 – 29 MAY 2021 Ultrasonic 05 OCT 2019 – 31 OCT 2019 Art School Film Club 14 SEP 2019 – 29 SEP 2019 Pioneers of Postwar Pattern 16 SEP 2017 – 08 OCT 2017 GSA Fashion Show 70th Anniversary, 1947-2017 04 MAR 2017 – 26 MAR 2017 WW1 – Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield  05 NOV 2016 – 04 DEC 2016 WW1

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Researching Biographies – Part 1

In this week’s blog, A&C Support Assistant Kay covers the work she has been doing to research biographies for those who feature in our catalogue.  Find out about two such biographies, with another two in a few weeks’ time… My recent ‘working from home’ project has been to create or update brief biographies for former GSA students, staff or other artists who appear in our catalogue.  Obviously, many of the better-known GSA alumni already had

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