Series GSAA/P/4 - Lantern slides and glass plate negatives

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Lantern slides and glass plate negatives


  • early 20th century (Creation)

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c2500 plate glass negatives, 9 linear metres

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This series contains lantern slides showing images used at The Glasgow School of Art for a wide range of teaching purposes, including European and Asian art history, costumes, ethnography, anatomy, animals, lettering and illumination, typography and architecture. The lantern slides are in the format of an English lantern slide (82 x 82 mm and 85 x 100 mm). The series also contains glass plate negatives showing images of Glasgow School of Art student work, predominantly architecture and sculpture. However there are also negatives showing stage costumes, leatherwork, textiles design, ceramics and silversmithing. This series also contains a small amount of private photographs of staff and students as well as images of GSA's Mackintosh Building. The negatives are in various formats, most of them are an English Non Standard (Half Plate 122 x 167 mm) and a Daguerreotype Traditional (Quarter Plate, 84 x110 mm). A considerable amount of the glass plate negatives contain images for teaching purposes, mainly reproductions from GSA library books ("Fragments Antiques", "A History of Greek Art", "A History of Art in Ancient Egypt"). Their size is an Daguerreotype Traditional (Quarter Plate, 84 x110 mm). The organisation and numbering of the material reflects a previous cataloguing scheme: P4/1-2896: Lantern Slides P4/10/01-10/43 and P4/11/74-79: Glass Plate Negatives of students work, staff, students and Mackintosh Building P4/11/1/254 -589 and 11/01/01-63: Glass Plate Negatives used for teaching purposes

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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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