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Alan Dimmick photographs of Scottish art scene

  • DC 119
  • Collection
  • c1997-2012

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

5 archive photo binders featuring images of the Scottish art scene (exhibitions, openings, parties, studios) between c1997-2012 (4 x binders of 35mm black and white negatives, and 1 x binder of black and white prints).

Dimmick, Alan

Alastair Shanks notes from The Art Course for Primary Teachers

  • DC 050
  • Collection
  • 1938-1939

Notes and folio referring to the Art Course for Primary Teachers at The Glasgow School of Art. Alastair Shanks attended two of these courses. The notes are intended for use with complete beginners and include lessons on shape, light and shade as well as colour. A two page desciption of the following notes has been provided by Alastair Shanks. The folio of drawings that follow are executed in a variety of materials from pencil to pastel and act as illustrations for various lessons that may be taught.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Shanks, Alastair

Alfredo Avella Collection

  • DC 102
  • Collection
  • Late 20th century

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Avella, Alfredo

Anne Scott Doll Collection

  • DC 038
  • Collection
  • c1956

The collection consists of 27 dolls all dressed in period costume. They are composed of various mixed media including fabrics, metal, glass, plastics, feathers and furs.

This collection was damaged in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014 and is awaiting conservation.

Scott, Anne

Anonymous sketchbook, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 026
  • Collection
  • 1935

An "Autographs" book containing pencil, ink and paint drawings and sketches accompanied by signatures. Signatures include: M. Kerr, Anette Jackson, Mary B. Forster, N. Hebblethwaite, M. Ridge, J Hyde, and B. Dixon. Also included is a page of signatures entitled "Form III Upper".

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Art and design work by Rose Valentine

  • DC 113
  • Collection
  • c1915
  • 3 x decorated leather bags
  • 1 x embossed leather sample
  • 1 decorated leather folder
  • 6 x oil paintings
  • 2 x embroidered pieces relating to Educational Needlecraft scheme: 1 mat with running stitch border and 1 drawstring bag with running stitch border
  • 1 x embroidered pin cushion
  • 1 x embroidered cloth bag with wooden clasp
  • 1 x square Glasgow Style embroidery (possibly the front of a cushion cover)
  • 1 x sachet decorated with embroidered flowers
  • 1 x embroidered square mat

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Valentine, Rose

Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • ilk screen prints
  • lithograph prints
  • prints
  • photographs
  • sketches
  • sketch books
  • drawings
  • watercolours
  • collage
  • metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.

Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.

There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.

*Not available / given

Artist's scrapbook belonging to J Mylne

  • DC 014
  • Collection
  • c1807-1886

Scrapbook with 218 pages containing works by

  • John Wilson Ewbank (1)
  • J. Finnie (1)
  • Rev. John Thomson of Duddingston (1)
  • Archibald Alison (1)
  • I.M. Donald (14)
  • G. Huntly Gordon (1)
  • John Crawford Brown (5)
  • Robert Maxwell Cooper (19)
  • W. Gordon (2)
  • Andrew MacLure (2)
  • William D. K. Mason (8)
  • and J. Mylne

A list of all entries in the scrapbook, giving the page number:

  • Inside cover bookplate's message: Robb, Glasgow J. Mylne
  • Frontispiece
  • P.1 (i) Tib M'Cauly's Yae Son by Stumps with illustrations [ink, with decorative sketches]
  • P.2 (i-v) Printed etchings, possibly of scenes from novels and decorative vases
  • P.3 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene - shows ruined houses (ii) Rural scene - two men by a tower
  • P.5 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene, shows houses (poss. continental) (ii) Coastal scene with sea and sky
  • P.7 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Rural scene - lane with houses (ii) Maritime scene - fishing boats on beach with hills behind
  • P.9 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Church/abbey (ii) River valley with fisherman
  • P.11 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Fishing boat by harbour (poss. Egyptian) (ii) Woodland, name on back -G. Gower/Gowie
  • P.12 (i) Print of etching, entitled George Cruickshank (ii) Watercolour of Mediterranean scene (i-iv) Cuttings from papers and magazines
  • P.13 (v) Pencil drawing of cottage and ruined tower, signed R. Leslie (vi-vii) Cuttings of etchings
  • P.15 (i-iii) Copies of etchings, including animals, a ruined cathedral and the doorway to the Hall of Eltham Palace
  • P.17 (i) Watercolour of woodland and castle
  • P.19 (i) Ink sketch of three figures, initialed IMD for JMD] (ii) Pencil sketch of buildings & square, initialed WDKM (iii) Pencil sketch of forest and cottage, initialed RMC
  • P.20 (i) Watercolour sketch of head, initialed RMC
  • P.21 (i) Pencil sketch, with slight watercolour, initialed RMC (ii) Watercolour of seascape (on reverse - pencil drawing of a hand holding a rod)
  • P.23 (i) Pencil drawings of figures & heads, given as R.M. Cooper (ii) Watercolour, entitled Lakes of Scotland, signed J. Stenning/ Staining/Sterning [?]
  • P.25 (i) Watercolour and pastels of boat on river, with bridge, unsigned
  • P.27 (i) Prints of crests and coats of arms, D. Gavin, 18 North Bridge (ii) Print of an engraving of Benjamin Franklin, by T. Wright
  • P.29 (i) Pencil sketch of decorative scroll and outline of face (ii) Cuttings from papers and magazines (iii) Print of engraving of Capt. James Cook by T. Wright
  • P.31 (i) Print of engraving (ii) Print of engraving/etching of battle preparation (iii) Watercolour of urn initialed RMC [Bob Cooper written beside]
  • P.33 Watercolour of woman and child, initialed RMC [Also written - 17 Sannay 18..]
  • P.35 (i-v) Prints of engravings and drawings, including stylised figures of animals for scrolls
  • P.37 (i) Pencil sketch of landscape (ii-iv) Prints
  • P.39 (i) Watercolour of boat at sea, signed H. Brolanski [?] (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch, entitled Near Bothwell, unsigned
  • P.41 (i-v) Prints (vi) Pencil sketch of river scene, initialed IMD for JMD]
  • P.43 (i) Watercolour of a town, signed W. Gordon (ii) Print (iii) Watercolour of an urn, initialed RMC
  • P.45 (i) Watercolour of head of a man
  • P.47 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour, entitled The Keep, Avon Water, initialed IMD
  • P.49 (i) Sketch, with watercolour wash, signed Adamo Sveicart (ii) Pencil sketch, with light watercolour, initialed RMC
  • P.51 (i-ii) Prints, (i) -Melrose Abbey (iii) Watercolour of head of a man, initialed IMD
  • P.53 (i) Pencil sketch of head of D. White, by RM Cooper [note by side -David White was a Manufacturer, Princes Square, Buchanan St., Glasgow, c.1842] (ii) Pencil sketch Elskie Elshender, the Black Dwarf's Cottage initialed by IMD (iii) Pencil sketch of a river bank, initialed IMD
  • P.55 (i) Watercolour head initialed J. ME (ii) Watercolour of a studio/attic. Written underneath is "W. Gordon" and "Probably W.D.K. Mason" (iii) Print
  • P.57 (i) Watercolour of two figures, coat of arms and a garden, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch, Near Govan signed J.C. Brown
  • P.59 (i) Watercolour and ink sketch of a town on a riverbank, signed Mason [?] (ii) Pencil and Pastel sketch of soldier in a helmet, signed R. Leslie
  • P.61 (i) Ink sketch, Trossachs (sic), initialed JC.B. (ii) Pencil sketch of a child, initialed RMC (iii) Pencil sketch of a man, signed A. Maclure [note at side - Andrew Maclure & Maclure & Macdonald] (iv) Pencil and watercolour sketch of male figure holding a book, Hutcheson's Hospital, initialed RMC
  • P.62 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC
  • P.63 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil and ink sketch of woman, initialed RMC [Written in bottom right corner - 1838 & 1835, Neil/Nell McDougall] (iii) Pencil sketch of man in a room, initialed RMC
  • P.64 (i) Letter to James Robb, Bank of Scotland, Cross Branch, Glasgow From Daniel Marshall [?], 6 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, 28 February 1880
  • Transcript
    dear Sir

I have just returned from London where I have been for a few days, else I should have answered your kind letter sooner. I shall be very happy to receive the balance which you tell me is in your hands, of the sum subscribed for the portrait of Bailie Moir [?] which I painted. I know there was some difficulty in getting up the money at last. Horatio McCulloch was my very intimate friend and I knew R.M., Cooper and Bill Mason and I.M. Donald, very well. Mason was a nephew of the Kembles, his mother being a sister of the great Mrs Siddons. He was a grand heavy looking fellow, but unfortunately took to the bottle and went to the D 1. The last time I saw him was in Tottenham Court road standing against a lampost haranguing a lot of little boys who were evidently bent on mischievous fun with the drunk man, but were awed by the grand Caricature [?] like style of poor Bill. I believe he is dead long ago.

I should very much like to see the Scrap books, and also the portrait of Allan Ramsay, is it Ramsay the father -the Pact [?] s Ramsay the son, the portrait painting.

The first time I'm in Glasgow I'll endeavour to let you know, and perhaps you will kindly show them to me.
Believe me, very truly yours...

  • P. 65 (i) Pencil and ink sketch, dated 1826, initialed by RMC (ii) Ink sketch of man, signed "Yours Presently WKM" (iii) Ink sketch of a harbour, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of easel, jug and painting, signed "Yours Truly, W Mason"
  • P.66 (i) Pencil sketch of a woman, initialed IMD (ii) Ink sketch of a dog and an easel, written on the easel - "A splendid set of pups, mostly black. I would like to see that picture of Duncan's", signed Thomson *P.67 cntd. (iii) Pencil sketch of draped female figure, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of soldier carrying rifle; inset -head of a man, and other inset - landscape, initialed IMD (v) Pencil sketch of man's head, entitled H Lane - Artiste [?], signed IMD
  • P.68 (i) Press cutting from 1 Sep 1930 - "A Little Scottish Diary -The Painting Parson": -Describes the life of John Thomson of Duddingston, 1778-1840, a landscape painter
  • P.69 (i) Pastel sketch for portrait of a man, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of a loch. Written underneath - Mr Thomson, Duddingston
  • P.72 (i) Watercolour of Scottish countryside, signed A. Dunn
  • P.73 (i) Print (ii) Ink sketch of a river valley, initialed J.C.B. (iii) Pencil sketch of Cadzon Forrest, signed J.C. Brown [Note on page - J.C. Brown of Edinburgh]
  • P.77 (i) Watercolour of fisherman, initialed RMC (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch of part ruinous building, initialed IM. Noted below - Neidpath Castle (iv) Pencil sketch of 2 men in Scottish costume
  • P.79 (i) Print entitled Chateau de Lismore (i) Pencil sketch with flap on front, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of mountainous landscape, signed W. Gordon
  • P.81 (i-ii) Prints of engravings
  • P.83 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of fox and a pheasant, initialed NMG [?] [On reverse - signed James N. Ewen]
  • P.85 (i-ii) Prints
  • P. 87 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.89 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.91 (i) Print (ii)Rough pencil sketch of a cottage [loose]
  • P.93 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour of a tower
  • P.95 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.97 (i) Print
  • P.99 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of nude [illegible signature]
  • P.101 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.103 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Watercolour of old man's head
  • P.105 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Watercolour portrait, in profile. Inscribed Littlejohn Pirit [?], 1807
  • P.107 (i) Watercolour of trees
  • P.109 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pencil diagram of decorative wall panel, with note below: "The above is a slight idea of what I would suggest for the panels. The grey ground just polished and afterwards painted upon. ICH" (iv) Pencil sketch of interior of a room - "Sevastopolis Drawing-room, Bayswater", signed Duncan Murray [loose]. Verso -pencil sketch of panel (v) Pencil sketch of decorative ceiling with doors and chimney noted
  • P.111 (i-iii) Prints
  • P.113 (i) Ink sketch with watercolour wash of seated woman with two children
  • P.115 (i) Pencil sketch of baby sleeping, entitled Mossman Jnr. Note underneath "done in 1840, now John Mossman. Dec 1886 (ii) Watercolour -landscape [possibly Edinburgh], signed, Kelsey [?]
  • P.117 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pastel/crayon sketch of landscape, signed J. Finnik
  • P.119 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Pencil sketch of a monument, initialed AMcC [annot. A McClure]
  • P.121 (i) Pencil sketch of panels, showing two churches and a donkey (ii) Pencil and crayon sketch of shepherd with sheep
  • P.123 (i) Pencil sketch entitled A View from near Utrecht in Holland, early 1820 (ii) Watercolour of a bridge over a gorge, signed Ewbank [annot. - the late John Ewbank, RSA]
  • P.125 (i) Pencil sketch of a town, entitles Sketch by the author of Hills of Europe, signed Sir A. Alison (ii) Pencil sketch of factories and workmen [note underneath hartist Meetings, Geo. Forrester]
  • P.127 (i) Pencil and pastel sketch of man, entitled Adolphus Keeste by Macpherson
  • P.129 (i) Print
  • P.131 (i) Pencil sketch of battle scene, signed J. Mason (ii) Print
  • P.133 (i) Watercolour of woman's head, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch of column, with male figure (iii) Watercolour of boats on a river, passing under a bridge, signed W. Gordon
  • P.135 (i) Pencil sketch of mythical scene
  • P.137 (i) Pencil sketch of street scene [noted above - College Open, High St., Glasgow]
  • P.139 (i) Print of Robert Bums, d.1859 (ii) Pencil sketch of seated nude male, initialed IMD [?]
  • P.141 (i) Pencil sketch of river, with fishermen in foreground
  • P.143 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage with cow in foreground, initialed RMC [?]
  • P.144 (i) Watercolour entitled Loch Long, signed J.C. Brown
  • P.147 (i & ii) Pencil drawings of leaves. Noted underneath freehand "Design, John Milne, St. Enoch's School 1854"
  • P.149 (i) Pencil sketch of forest glade, with a deer in centre
  • P.151 (i) Watercolour of village with castle
  • P.153 (i) Watercolour of ruined tower. Numbered 1322, initialed GG, 1823
  • P.155 (i) Watercolour of Loch Tay
  • P.157 (i)Watercolour of figures, signed WDK Mason
  • P.158 (i) Print
  • P.159 (i) Pencil and ink sketch entitled South east side of Dumbarton castle looking up the Clyde, signed RM Cooper
  • P.160 (i) Watercolour entitled Castle Carrick, Loch Long, 182..
  • P.163 (i) Watercolour of building in forest, entitled at Woodside
  • P.165 (i) Print of Sir Robert Peel P.166 P.169
  • P.166 (i) Pastel and Pencil sketch of hillside
  • P.169 (i)Watercolour/crayon [?] of bridge, initialed GG, 1813. Noted by side - G. Gordon, Partick Bridge, erected by Crawford
  • P.171 (i) Pencil sketch of woodland glade, signed RM Cooper
  • P.173 (i) Print
  • P.177 (i) Print
  • P.179 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch od a landscape, initialed WDKM
  • P.181 (i) Print
  • P.182 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage (ii) Print
  • P.184 (i) Print
  • P.191 (i) Tracing of moulding showing floral and leaf design [loose]
  • P.195 (i) Pencil sketch of Egyptian Mummy Case with details of colours, design, etc. [loose]
  • P.197 (i) Watercolour of landscape
  • P.199 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.201 (i) Print
  • P.203 (i) Print
  • P.205 (i) Pencil sketch of house and gardens entitled Burnside.. Verso ketch of mill [possibly child's drawing] [Loose]
  • P.207 (i) Watercolour of flowers. Verson - "JJ Milne from his father, 1852 [Loose]
  • P.208 (i) Pencil sketch of man, signed J. Milne, 1833. Also written - Jas. Milne, 1833
  • P.209 (i) Pencil sketch (as above), signed John Mylne, 1857
  • P.211 (i) Writing Paper from Somerset House, with decorative print of Somerset House, d. 1 June1842 [Loose] (ii) Pencil drawing of flower [tulip?], signed James McLachlan, 1 Mar 1853 [Loose]
  • P. 212 (i) Watercolour landscape, entitled 28 Sept, Ochils, 1854 [?]. Written below - G. Gordon
  • P.214 (i) Watercolour landscape. Written below - W. Jordon
  • Loose at Back - (i) Trace for etching (ii) Pencil sketch of cottages entitled No.5 Free Sketch, signed JH Mylne, 1865 (iii) Pencil and pastel sketch of large building (chateau-like) with statues on roof, signed JH Mylne, 1864
  • Back leaf (i) Pencil and crayon drawing of Biblical scene [?], signed Jai/Jas/Jac Pynas/Binas [?]

Mylne, J

Colin D A Porteous Collection - Benside House Project, Stornoway

  • DC 043
  • Collection
  • 1977-1997

Job files, photographs, and architectural drawings and plans related to Benside House project, Stornoway.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Porteous, Professor Colin D A

Examples of Mackintosh Fabric

  • DC 020
  • Collection
  • c1900-1986
  • Trimming of mauve linen, pre-1914
  • Original cover of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms settle
  • 4 samples of horse hair fabric
  • ample of purple fabric used to re-upholster Charles Rennie Mackintosh yellow settle
  • Letter from GSA Curator regarding 2 of the fabric samples, dated January 1986

Fire Recovery Testimonials 2015

  • DC 082
  • Collection
  • 2015

This collection comprises testimonials from the following individuals who were involved in the recovery of The Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections after the Mackintosh Building fire on 23 May 2015:

  • Dadson, Emma
  • Fox, Iain
  • Geddes, Craig
  • Grant, Jocelyn
  • Healey, Alexandra
  • King, Kiara
  • Lennard, Frances
  • McLean, Barbara
  • Parry, Carol
  • Ramsay, Linda
  • Robertson, Louise
  • Seargeant, Jacqui
  • Stobo, Victoria
  • Vernall, Colin
  • Younger, Sophie
  • Yule, Susan

These records are held as digital files (.jpg .doc or .pdf).

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Dadson, Emma

GSA Undergraduate Fashion Show

  • DC 093
  • Collection
  • 1950-1980

This collections in includes material relating to The Glasgow School of Art's undergraduate fashion show.

The Glasgow School of Art

H A Wheeler volumes of illustrated essays

  • DC 118
  • Collection
  • c1940s

3 volumes, each consisting of text, drawings and photographs relating to the subject matter.

  1. The Fair City. A review of the 18th and 19th century architecture of Perth and district. Dated 1948 – Rowand Anderson student.
  2. A study of the Cantilever Principle in Architectural Design. Signed and dated 4th October 1949.
  3. Contemporary Church Design. (Not signed or dated).

Wheeler, Sir Harry Anthony

Helen Cargill Thompson Silversmithing and Jewellery Collection

  • HCT
  • Collection
  • Late 19th century-early 21st century

A diverse collection of mainly silver items including a wide selection of contemporary GSA undergraduate, graduate and staff works from about 1985 to 2019, as collected by Helen Cargill Thompson.

The collection includes items of contemporary, antique and period silver exhibiting a broad range of technical skills, design finesse and a selection of provincial historical Scottish silver makers marks and town marks on both functional and decorative objects.

Items included in the collection were acquired with the intention of being gifted to the Glasgow School of Art Archive as an educational resource.

Helen Marriot student work

  • DC 104
  • Collection
  • c1976-1977

4 hand-written and illustrated silversmithing and jewellery essays from 1976-1977.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Marriott, Helen

Hugh Ferguson Notebooks

  • DC 052
  • Collection
  • 1964

Hugh Ferguson graduated from Glasgow School of Art/Architecture in 1955. His collection of papers includes a notebook of 'Descriptive Geometry' from The Royal Technical College containing notes and detailed mathematical drawings.

Ferguson received the Alexander Thompson Travelling Scholarship in 1964 and another notebook/sketchbook documents his travels over one month in Greece - from 15th of August to 5th September 1964. Two weeks were spent resident in Athens and two weeks travelling; he visited many sites including Delphi, Eleusis, Daphni, Ossios Loukas, Brauron, Mycanae, Tiryns, Pylos, Epidauros, Olympia and Corinth. Detailed notes are given on the work going on at these sites, accompanied by around 33 photographs of ongoing architectural work.

Loose papers include information on the life and works of Alexander Thompson as well as a draft of the text for the final bound travel notebook.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Ferguson, Hugh C S

Lecture Notes from Scottish Architect James Salmon

  • DC 055
  • Collection
  • c1909

Notebook containing lecture notes and a letter to James Salmon from Frances Newbery. Also includes several sheets of notes on loose paper.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Salmon, James

Lectures by Francis Lorne

  • DC 079
  • Collection
  • 1930-1948

Collection of typewritten notes for lectures on architecture by Francis Lorne of Burnet, Tait & Lorne.

Lorne, Francis

Lesley Booth papers

  • DC 103
  • Collection
  • 2001-2009

Four boxes of press material relating to The Lighthouse.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Booth, Lesley

Mackintosh Art, Design and Architecture Collection

  • MC
  • Collection
  • c1891-2018

Items in The Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh collection include: furniture, watercolours, drawings, architectural drawings, design drawings, sketchbooks, metalwork and photographs.

Mackintosh studied evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art between 1883-1894, winning numerous student prizes and competitions including the prestigious Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship in 1890. Mackintosh and his contemporaries also produced four volumes of a publication called "The Magazine" during their time as students, which included examples of their writing and artworks. GSA Archives and Collections hold Mackintosh's Italian Sketchbook, as well as all four volumes of The Magazine, all of which can be browsed on our catalogue.

The majority of Mackintosh's three-dimensional work was created with the help of a small number of patrons within a short period of intense activity between 1896 and 1910. Francis Newbery was headmaster of The Glasgow School of Art during this time and was supportive of Mackintosh's ultimately successful bid to design a new art school building in 1896 - his most prestigious undertaking. For Miss Kate Cranston he designed a series of Glasgow tearoom interiors and for the businessmen William Davidson and Walter Blackie, he was commissioned to design large private houses, 'Windyhill' in Kilmacolm and 'The Hill House' in Helensburgh. In Europe, the originality of Mackintosh's style was quickly appreciated and in 1900 he was invited to participate at the 8th Vienna Secession.

In 1902 Mackintosh was invited to participate at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin and later at exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin. Despite this success Mackintosh's work met with considerable indifference at home. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his 'total design' of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

By 1914 Mackintosh had despaired of ever receiving true recognition in Glasgow and together with his wife Margaret Macdonald he moved, temporarily, to Walberswick on the Suffolk Coastline (in England), where he painted many fine flower studies in watercolour. In 1915 the Mackintoshes settled in London and for the next few years Mackintosh attempted to resume practice as an architect and designer. The designs he produced at this time for textiles, for the 'Dug-out' Tea Room in Glasgow and the dramatic interiors for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England show him working in a bold new style of decoration, using primary colours and geometric motifs.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France, finally living in Port Vendres where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.

The majority of Mackintosh's design work, (including furniture and metalwork), architectural drawings, textile designs and watercolours are in the possession of three public collections - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Museums, and the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow - although significant (individual) pieces can be found in museums across the UK and Europe, North America and Japan. However, some of Mackintosh's most important, symbolist watercolours from the early to mid-1890s are to be found in the collection of The Glasgow School of Art.

The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections hold a large number of items by Mackintosh, giving us one of the largest collections of his work held in public ownership. The collection is one of 50 Recognised Collections of National Significance to Scotland. We continue to investigate new routes of engagement for the collection. For example, our Mac(k)cessibility project in conjunction with GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation explores digital display and loans of our Mackintosh furniture. Find out more about the Mac(k)cessibility project here.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Mary Ramsay artworks

  • DC 110
  • Collection
  • 1896-1963

A variety of loose artworks and six sketchbooks completed by Mary Ramsay, including life drawings, portraits, architectural studies, designs, prints, and illustrations. Some of these items are dated to her time as a student at The Glasgow School of Art. Most items are pencil on paper, with a few further studies in paint. This collection also includes a portfolio folder (DC 110/1/4) and personal papers (DC 110/3).

This collection includes one item by Jessie Wilson (DC 110/1/1/18), another student of The Glasgow School of Art, with whom Mary Ramsay and Margaret Macdonald started a pottery decorating business at The Studio, Strathyre, in 1926.

Ramsay, Mary

Material relating to Gerard V Murphy, former GSA student

  • DC 084
  • Collection
  • c1929-1943

A variety of drawings and graphic designs created by Gerard V. Murphy, a former student at The Glasgow School of Art in the 1930s. The diverse subjects of his drawings include animals, plants, architecture, human anatomy and figures. A subfonds titled 'Teaching examples' features his teaching materials as an art teacher at schools, intended for printmaking techniques and pattern design education.

Most items have been marked with his name or student registration numbers, assuming they were created during his time as a student at GSA. The dominant materials in his works are pencil and watercolour, worked on cartridge paper.

Some of this material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Paper conservation was completed in 2019.

Murphy, Gerard V

Minutes of GSA Magazine Folio

  • DC 048
  • Collection
  • c1949

Meetings of the committee 'Glasgow School of Art Magazine Folio' at The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street. Members include James Meechan, Charles Crole, Barbara G. Coulter, James McHury and Avril Burgess. Documents the restart of the magazine in December 1949 with discussions about printing and accounts. Includes details of advertising space and 4 loose postal receipts.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Glasgow School of Art Magazine Folio

Notes of James McIntosh Patrick, artist and student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 049
  • Collection
  • 1924-1928

These notes are Patrick's own writings but have been copied out by his daughter due to the original notes being illegible. The notes describe his time at Glasgow School of Art and include descriptions on societies (i.e. The Dramatic Society) as well as the etching workshop and studio spaces.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Patrick, James McIntosh

Oral History Recordings

  • OH
  • Collection
  • 2007-2014

This collection comprises recorded interviews with the following former Glasgow School of Art staff and students:

  • OH/1 Ellen Cunningham (née Timney), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1960-1964
  • OH/2 Margaret Ferguson (née Dunn), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1946-1950
  • OH/3 Meg Pollok (née Clark), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1946-1951
  • OH/4 Margaret Grant (née Taylor), Interior Design student, 1946-1950 and member of staff, c1953-1979
  • OH/5 Malcolm Lochhead, Embroidery and Weaving student, 1966-1970
  • OH/6 Dugald Cameron, Industrial Design student, 1947-1962, member of staff, 1962-1999, and Director 1991-1999
  • OH/7 Conrad McKenna, Commercial Art student, 1939-1942 and 1946-1948, and member of staff,1950-1984
  • OH/8 Eirene Hunter (née Paton), Printed Textiles student c1952-53.

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Arthur, Liz

Paisley Shawl Designs

  • DC 039
  • Collection
  • 1840s-1850s

A collection of 27 mounted boards with hand-drawn designs for shawls, featuring the Kashmir cypress cone or 'Paisley' pattern.

Mackie, Thomas Callendar Campbell

Paisley Shawl Designs II

  • DC 080
  • Collection
  • 1840s-1850s

A collection of 6 mounted boards with hand-drawn, hand-painted designs for shawls, featuring the Kashmir cypress cone or 'Paisley' pattern.

Papers and photographs of Holmes Gray, student at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 016
  • Collection
  • 1949-1996

The collection includes:

  • Photographs, essays and notes made and taken by Holmes Gray while at the Glasgow School of Art, including correspondence between the GSA and Gray, 1949-1956
  • Notes given to designers for technical guidance from Johnson, Matthey & Co. Ltd, 1954
  • Recollections of Glasgow School of Art by Holmes Gray, 1996
  • Photographs of pieces designed by Gray post-GSA for Spode, Royal Worcester and others; c1949-1996
  • Correspondence with Stoke-on-Trent College, 1964-1986
  • Correspondence re: training as a part-time teacher, 1977-1986
  • Letter informing Holmes Gray of election as Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce [copy], 1987
  • Letter from Commemorative Collector's Society re: address by Holmes Gray, 1997

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Gray, Holmes

Papers and photographs of William Meldrum, artist, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 120
  • Collection
  • c1880s-1970s

A number of sketches and photographs of works by William Meldrum. This collection includes figure and illustrative drawings, unique pieces made of seaweed, and a series of monochrome photographs featuring landscape paintings. Most of the items are undated however the dates of creation are presumed to fall between the 1880s and 1920s. A set of typewritten paper by an unknown author dated after 1966, features a brief biography of Meldrum and descriptions of two drawings along with their custodial histories.

William Meldrum tended to work on depicting city views of Glasgow in the early 20th century and landscapes of diverse areas in Scotland. He created multiple pieces of black-and-white photographs on which his paintings have been printed; some of the photographs have identical versions.

Meldrum, William

Papers and textiles of Sylvia Chalmers

  • DC 068
  • Collection
  • c1943-1990

A collection of work by textile designer Sylvia Chalmers, comprising Glasgow School of Art student material; work-related designs and sketches; magazine clippings; calligraphy samples; a programme for an exhibition titled "A centenary exhibition to celebrate the founding of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists in 1882"; photographs; textiles such as aprons, tote bags, placemats, tea towels, kerchiefs, curtains and a banner; and textile design samples.

Chalmers, Sylvia

Papers of Ailsa Tanner

  • DC 034
  • Collection
  • c1980s

Relating to Ailsa Tanner's research work (particularly on Glasgow Girls)

  • X 1 file of papers relating to computer programming ‘locoscript’
  • X 1 envelope of plans and photographs
  • X 1 envelope of 3 portrait painting photographs
  • X 1 envelope from Parker Gallery with photograph of painting
  • X 1 packet from Instituto Di Edizioni Artistiche
  • X 1 leaf pad
  • X 1 polypocket album of postcards
  • X 1 file (blank) with insurance list and loose items
  • X 1 bundle of loose papers Group of mounted photographs of art works (some captioned)

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Tanner, Ailsa

Papers of Archibald Haswell Miller

  • DC 098
  • Collection
  • [1885-1943]

A variety of loose artworks, cover designs, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs completed by and belonging to Archibald Haswell Miller. The collections includes proofs for book covers and pamphlets, personal correspondence relating to his studies and subsequent career, different ephemera relating to Haswell Miller's student days and photographs of artworks and students and staff members of The Glasgow School of Art.

This collection also includes material relating to Georges-Marie Baltus (DC 098/2) , including photographs of his artworks and his Italian and European trips, and Francis H. Newbery (DC 098/3).

Miller, Archibald E Haswell

Papers of C A Wallace Shaw

  • DC 114
  • Collection
  • 1957-2021

Variety of materials relating to the design work of former GSA student C A Wallace Shaw, including student work; Pringle of Scotland LTD; Donna Karan International; Braemar International; and Fornton Knitting Company LTD. The collection also includes a number of personal and professional photographs; designs and textiles; and personal papers.

Please note that some of this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore may not be accessible.

Shaw, Wallace

Papers of Christine Shaw, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 024
  • Collection
  • 1940

This collection contains:

  • Original and typescript of Christine Shaw's diary, Jan 1940-Dec 1940
  • Photographs taken in the grounds of Glasgow School of Art featuring fellow students Carlo Rossi, Joe O'Donnell, Christine Cramond, Charlie McNamee and Nita Begg [c1940]
  • Presscutting featuring fellow students Leonard Clegg, Christine Cramond and Tony Brook preparing a decorative paper figure for the GSA Christmas Ball, 1940

Shaw, Christine

Papers of Clare Henry, art critic and journalist

  • DC 030
  • Collection
  • 1981-2007

A collection of hand written and typed articles with accompanying photographs and ephemera by the art critic and journalist Clare Henry.

The collection focusses on reviews and features on visual art and culture predominantly in Scotland for The Herald, Scotland. The articles are usually in draft form with some accompanying notes and multiple versions. Articles for other publications are also included such as Galleries Magazine, Art Review and Time Out as well as commissioned essays written for exhibition catalogues.

The period of writing covers a significant flourishing of the visual arts in Glasgow and Scotland and features perspective and opinion articles on notable artists such as Steven Campbell, Bruce Mclean, George Wylie and Douglas Gordon. The articles also cover significant organisations, opening events and deaths, such as Glasgow Capital of Culture 1990 and Glasgow Museums, the opening of Transmission Gallery, the opening of The Burrell Collection, Degree Shows for Scottish art schools and the Edinburgh Festival.

Henry, Clare

Papers of Colin Porteous

  • DC 117
  • Collection
  • c1990s

Includes:

  • Drawings ad documentation relating to Glasgow 99 City of Architecture and Design, Scotland's Home for Tomorrow - block by Thenew (now Thenue) Housing Association via limited competition; successful entry by Ian Ritchie Architects, London.
  • Set of competition entry drawings (A1 mounted on card) by Colin Porteous for Buddhist Retreat on Holy Isle, Arran - c1990s.
    1 Supplement of existing Easthall Solar Demonstration project archive. 6 A2 sealed boards used to assist international promotion of project outcomes in 1996 (tur funded by NICE: UK, Germany and Poland).

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Porteous, Professor Colin D A

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