Collection DC 027 - Letter of congratulations to The Glasgow School of Art from John Byrne, artist

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DC 027


Letter of congratulations to The Glasgow School of Art from John Byrne, artist


  • 06 Jan 1995 (Creation)

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An A4 size letter featuring watercolour paintings commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Glasgow School of Art , 6 January 1995.

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Scottish artist. Attended The Glasgow School of Art 1958-1963.

Prizes won in 1963 –Chalmers Bursary (RSA Painting Competition), £30

Newbery Medal (GSA medal awarded to best student)

W.O. Hutchison (GSA medal awarded to best D&P student), £3-10/-

Bellahouston Scholarship (GSA travelling scholarship), £500

John Byrne has gone on to become a successful television and theatre writer, painter and illustrator. In the 1960s and 1970s he produced a number of naive, dream-like paintings influenced by Douanier Rousseau which he signed 'Patrick'. These works reveal great technical mastery and have become symbols of the pop music of the era, especially his portrait of the Beatles painted for The Illustrated Beatles Lyrics. He also painted a portrait of comedian Billy Connolly and produced several influential records sleeves.

A master of many styles, Byrne is also a capable still life and portrait painter in a more traditional manner.

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Presented to the Glasgow School of Art on the occasion of its 150th birthday. Transferred to the Glasgow School of Art Archives, March 2000.

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  • English

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  • Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 October 2001.
  • Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 June 2002.
  • Fonds level description imported from the Archives Hub 24 August 2006.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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