Collection DC 111 - Papers of James Cosgrove

Fifteen Degrees Plus

Key Information

Reference code

DC 111


Papers of James Cosgrove


  • 1968-2020 (Creation)

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271 items

Content and Structure

Scope and content

Collection includes artworks and sketchbooks made by Jimmy Cosgrove as a student at the Glasgow School of Art; while working as a Tutor and the Director of the Glasgow School of Art; and afterwards, including work relating to the House for an Art Lover, and documenting travels across Europe, North America, and Mexico.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


System of arrangement

The papers have been arranged into the following categories:

  1. Textiles, c1974-1981

  2. Sketchbooks, 1969-2015

  3. Designs and artworks, 1968-2020

  4. Posters, Late 20th century

  5. Publications, 1979-1984

  6. Christmas cards, 1968-2017

  7. Mural designs, 1972-1973

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

James Cosgrove, or Jimmy Cosgrove as he is more popularly known, is a Scottish artist and designer. He was a member of staff at GSA where his positions held included Lecturer in Design (Textile Design) from 1973-1980, and Senior Lecturer in Charge of Printed Textiles from 1980-1982, before being appointed Deputy Director of The Glasgow School of Art. He retired from academic life in 1999.
His recent work in painting, drawing and collage is derived from travel in general and people and places in the west of Scotland in particular - including Arran and Ayrshire. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Paisley Art Institute, Cosgrove also exhibits widely in a number of commercial galleries.
He is a Director with the House for an Art Lover and has contributed to books on art and design, Charles Rennie Mackintosh - and ART PARK Glasgow at Bellahouston Park, where he has a Sculpture fabricated in iron and steel titled; ‘Shipbuilding - Homage to those who made the Clyde great’.

Archival history

Some material from this collection was on display in Looking for Signs: ideas and imagined circumstances, House for An Art Lover Studio Pavilion, 28 July –16 September 2018.

Custodial history

Donated to The Glasgow School of Art by Jimmy Cosgrove, 2018.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.

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  • English

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Catalogued by Matilda Heydon and Lucy Janes, Archives and Collections Assistants, Dec 2021-Jan 2022.
Edited by Michelle Kaye, Collections Development Officer, Apr 2022.




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