Subfonds DC 084/7 - Teaching examples

Woodcut prints depicting the St George myth

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DC 084/7


Teaching examples


  • c1934-1940 (Creation)

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15 items

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14 sheets of teaching examples and one title page, assumed to have been compiled as Murphy's portfolio during his career as an art teacher in schools located in Scotland, such as Motherwell RC High School and Coatbridge Secondary School. These teaching materials include pattern designs, graphic designs (possibly for students' school activities), and woodblock printmaking examples. Most items have been marked with the intended level of students as appropriate examples for education.

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This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


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(fl c1930s)

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Gerard V Murphy was a student at The Glasgow School of Art in the 1930s. He was born on April 10, 1914, in Hamilton, Scotland. His address is listed as 64 Chapel Street. Murphy was admitted to the GSA in September 1934 and attended classes from 1934 to 1938. He was awarded a Diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1938. According to the GSA student records regarding Murphy, he won the Robertson & Co Prize in 1935 and received a minor travel scholarship of £10 from the GSA in 1937.

He studied design, historical ornament, lettering, and bookbinding techniques, as well as drawing and painting. He primarily showed a great interest in graphic pattern design, life drawing, plant drawing, and anatomy drawing. He was also interested in printmaking using woodblocks while working as an art teacher at several schools in Scotland, including Motherwell RC High School and Coatbridge Secondary School. His artistic style, influenced by Celtic heritage, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Art Nouveau, reflects his identity as a Scotland-based artist.

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  • English

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Catalogued by Hyeonseo Heather Park, Work Placement Student, Jan-Apr 2024.


  • English



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