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Photographs

A collection of photographs and negatives taken by George Oliver dating from 1948-1990 (apart from two dated c1897). George arranged his photographs into folders by approximate subject matter and gave each folder a title. This has been reflected in the catalogue with the folder titles in the catalogue being the exact titles George used. The folders have been arranged by subject matter where possible. There are exceptions to the above. Folders DC 066/2/20 and DC 066/2/86 have not been given a title by George and have been catalogued as 'Untitled'. There are exceptions to this with DC 066/2/78 containing photographs taken by Cordelia Oliver as they date from after George's death. As a result of the Mackintosh Building fire in 2014, folders DC 066/2/87, DC 066/2/88 and DC 066/2/89 contain photographs that have been rehoused since their deposit and are likely to have been taken out of other folders. It is not clear from which folders these photographs came originally, so they have been catalogued separately with their titles reflecting the subject matter of the photographs they contain.

Oliver, George

Italy

Folder containing black & white photographs and contact sheets taken by George Oliver. Most are unidentified. Includes: Milan, Florence, interior of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan showing Biffi Caffè, and a replica of Michaelangelo's David in Florence.

Oliver, George

San Gimignano correspondence

Conrad McKenna’s correspondence and materials relating to The Glasgow Summer School held in San Gimignano during his various teaching roles at The Glasgow School of Art. Including a combination of typed and hand written materials, newspaper clippings, floor plans and printed ephermera. Including correspondence in English and Italian with: The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordons Institute of Technology, Universita Italiana per Stranieri, Provincial Tourist Office – Sienna, Societa Dante Alighieri, Convento S. Agostino, Comune Di Bresica, Intercultural and Permanent Education Centre (San Gimignano),  and Professor Mario Serchi. Correspondence generally details travel and accommodation arrangements, itineraries and costings for The Summer School at San Gimignano alongside its relationships and partnerships with individuals and institutions. Selections of correspondence detail Italian students’ visit to Scotland. Also includes correspondence with the Intercultural and Permanent Education Centre, San Gimignano, detail Draft Articles of Association; an account of The Glasgow Summer School in 1969 by Douglas Percy Bliss, which describes San Gimignano, the Church of Saint Agostino where the school was held and accommodated and the school’s interaction with the local population. A typed account of the origins of The Summer School at San Gimignano by Conrad McKenna is also included. Printed ephemera includes two brochures from 1969 and 1971 detailing itineraries, arrangements and costs of The Glasgow Summer School.

McKenna, Conrad

Student material by Donald Melvin, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 074
  • Collection
  • 1960-1968

A collection of sketches, designs, photographs and lithographs by Donald Melvin completed during his time as a student at Glasgow School of Art in the 1960s.
Includes work carried out as part of courses such as, for example, Interior Design, the History of Furniture, the 2nd Year General Course, the Pre-Diploma /Foundation Course and Woodcarving.

Also includes sketches carried out during GSA summer schools abroad in Florence and in Norway, and materials relating to extra-curricular activities such as photographs of productions staged by GSA Dramatic Club and Christmas ball posters.

Melvin, Donald V

Drawings 1983

Sketchbook, drawings of figures, some loose inserts. Inside of front cover states "Jimmy Cosgrove Glasgow School of Art 1983". Inside of back cover states "Jimmy Cosgrove Rome Notebook 1982".

Cosgrove, James

Poster for an exhibition 'Scozia a Cassina Milano'

Poster for exhibition 'Scozia a Cassina Milano' by The Glasgow School of Art students held in Milan, Italy, 23 Mar 1984-06 Apr 1984. The exhibition included ceramics, embroidery and fabrics, design for furniture, furnishings and industrial products, silverware and jewellery, graphic art, illustration and printed fabrics.

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Poster for an exhibition 'Scozia a Cassina Milano'

Poster for exhibition 'Scozia a Cassina Milano' by The Glasgow School of Art students held in Milan, Italy, 23 Mar 1984-06 Apr 1984. The exhibition included ceramics, embroidery and fabrics, design for furniture, furnishings and industrial products, silverware and jewellery, graphic art, illustration and printed fabrics.

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Poster for exhibition 'La Comunita Cristiana Fiorentina e Toscana nella Dialettica Religiosa del Cinquecento', Italy

Poster for exhibition 'La Comunita Cristiana Fiorentina e Toscana nella Dialettica Religiosa del Cinquecento' (The Florentine and Tuscan Christian Community in the Religious Dialectic of the Sixteenth Century) in Florence, Italy, 15 Mar 1980-15 Jun 1980.

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Poster for exhibition 'La Comunita Cristiana Fiorentina e Toscana nella Dialettica Religiosa del Cinquecento', Italy

Poster for exhibition 'La Comunita Cristiana Fiorentina e Toscana nella Dialettica Religiosa del Cinquecento' (The Florentine and Tuscan Christian Community in the Religious Dialectic of the Sixteenth Century) in Florence, Italy, 15 Mar 1980-15 Jun 1980.

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Poster for an exhibition entitled 'Design A Cassina'

This poster advertised an exhibition held in Milan in 1984 which showcased design work by students from The Glasgow School Of Art. The exhibition was held in collaboration with Cassina, a world renowned Italian manufacturing company that often reproduce famous design pieces including Mackintosh furniture. The exhibition included ceramics, embroidery, furniture design, industrial products, graphic design, illustration, silversmithing and jewellery. It took place under the patronage of the British Consulate General in Milan and was also supported by a number of other bodies including The British Council, Sir Hugh Fraser, IBM, Clydesdale Bank PLC, Radio Clyde, Wm Teacher and Sons Ltd, Scottish Development agency, MS Macfarlane Trust, COF Refrigerators, Nardini Ltd and the Governors Of The Glasgow School of Art. The poster was designed by Gordon Huntly and printed by Fraser Ross and Ken Wade in the Foulis building at The Glasgow School Of Art. The reverse side catalogues a list of the exhibited items along with with the names of the designers which are listed below. Ceramics - Helen Kemp - Carol Esson - Sandra Oakes - Catriona Houston - Raymond Evangelista - Eleanor Barttleman - Mark Stanczyk - David Norman - Irene Bell - William McLaughlan - David Gray Embroidered and Woven Textiles: - Elaine Wilson - Claire Neil - Lindy Richardson - June Lillico - Fiona Knight - Karen Borland Furniture, Interior and Product Design: - Fiona Jean Paton - David Wilson - Douglas Clerk - David Robson - Helena McGuinness - Paul Anderson - Alistair Brown - Andy Park - Una Fagan - Mike Osborne - Rosalind Duncan - Jonathan Parlett - Alan Cowling - Lim Ho Guan - Marissa Parker - Alan Cowling - Jackie Park - Heather Thomson - Gareth C Hughes Graphic Design and Illustration: - Ingebjorg Smith - Alan Morrison - Alasdair Robertson - Lesley Raeside - Edward Carden - Susan Scott - Fraser Maclean - Duncan Smith - Catriona Miller - Karen Watt - Fiona McSporran - Fiona Campbell - Gregor Cox - Thomas Campbell - Don McPherson - Frank Connolly - Michael Healey - Joanna Isles - Robin Ward - Remo Avella - Linda Robertson - Kenny Mclellan - Wallace Murdoch - Caroline Parerson - Stephanie Roberts - Sandy Christie - Shirley Clark - Melanie Robertson Silversmithing and Jewellery: - James McDougall - Helen Marriot - Shiela McDonald - Linda McCafferty - Alison Welsh - Mary Thomson - Roger Drew - Keryn Evelyn - Euan Smith - Irene Halliday - Elizabeth Halston - Gillian Simon

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Poster for The Glasgow School Of Art Cassina exhibition in Milan

This poster advertised an exhibtion which showcased the work of design students from The Glasgow School Of Art in the Cassina Gallery in Milan. The exhibition took place as a result of the connections between Cassina Design in Italy and The Glasgow School Of Art. The poster was designed by Gordon Huntly who was the head of graphic design at The Glasgow School Of Art at that time. It was printed in the Foulis Building on an offset lithography printing press. The information on the poster translates as: "Design from Glasgow School Of Art: Cassina in Milan, March 23rd to April 6th. Ceramics. Embroidery and fabrics. Design for furniture, furnishings and industrial products. Jewellery and Silverware. Art Graphics, Illustration. Printed Fabrics".

Huntly, Gordon F

Photographs

Includes photographs collected by Alexander McGibbon, Charles Edward Whitelaw, and Eugene Bourdon. Also includes collection of cloud studies, copies of George Henry works, and miscellaneous photographs.

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Travel Report

This report details architecture student Harry A Wheeler's experiences when he travelled to Italy after being awarded the John Keppie Scholarship in 1948. The John Keppie Scholarship gave a bursary of £100 to one architecture student per year to fund a study trip of their choice. The focus of Wheeler's project was Loggias in Florence, Rome and Venice and the report gives biographical information on each Loggia studied. The beginning of this report lists 48 accompanying drawings.

Wheeler, Sir Harry Anthony

Drawings

These folders contain drawings produced by Harry Anthony Wheeler when he travelled to Italy after being awarded the John Keppie Scholarship in 1948. The John Keppie Scholarship gave a bursary of £100 to one architecture student per year to fund a study trip of their choice. The focus of Wheeler's project was Loggias in Florence, Rome and Venice. Included are 5 "plottings" of the Loggia La Badia near Florence, Wheeler's original portfolio case and 48 loose plates of drawings and photographs which are listed below: Plate 1: Drawing of the courtyard, cortile, open staircase, gateway and loggia of The Bargello Palazzo Del Podesta in Florence. Plate 2: Drawing of the Loggia Bargello in Florence. Plate 3: Drawing of the Loggia Dei Lanzi in Florence. Plate 4: Entrance to the Loggia Dei Lanzi in Florence. Plate 5: Detail of Lion on columns in the Loggia Dei Lanzi in Florence. Plate 6: Loggia Bigallo in Florence. Plate 7: The Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Plate 8: The Pazzi Chapel in Florence. Plate 9: Plan and Elevation drawing of Loggia La Badia near Florence. Pencil and watercolour on white paper. Plate10: Drawing of an elevation of Loggia La Badia in Florence. Wheeler has added comments to this drawing about materials and techniques. Pencil and watercolour on white paper. Plate 11: Drawing of section detail of the Loggia La Badia near Florence. Wheeler has added comments to this drawing about materials and techniques. Pencil and watercolour on white paper. Plate 12: Detail of Stone Bracket, Loggia La Badia near Florence. Plate 13: Detail of Capital, Loggia La Badia near Florence. Plate 14: Four small photographs (mounted) of Loggia La Badia near Florence. Plate 15: The Dome of The Duomo from The Cloisters, San Lorenzo in Florence. Plate 15a: The Dome of the Medici chapel and church of S.Lorenzo from Giotto's Campanile in Florence. Plate 16: Loggia Ospedale Degli Innocenti in Florence with Della Robbia's Bambini Medalions in the spandrils. Plate 17: Loggia Ospedale Degli Innocenti in Florence. Plate 18: Cloisters, Covent of S. Marco in Florence. Plate 19: Loggia, Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Plate 20: Small mounted photographs of the Pitti Palace Loggia in Florence. Plate 21: Small mounted photographs of the Uffizi Logia in Florence. Plate 22: Small mounted photographs of Loggia Fiesole in Florence. Plate 23: Small mounted photographs of Loggia S.Giovanni Laterno and Loggia Palazzo Venizia in Rome. Plate 24: Ink drawing of Michaelangelo's Cloister, the National Roman Museum in Rome. Plate 25: Ink drawing of a corner of Michaelangelo's Cloister in Rome. Plate 26: Two small mounted photographs and one drawing of Michaelangelo's Cloister in Rome. The drawing is a study of the columns. Plate 27: Small mounted photographs of Vignola's Loggia's in Campidoglio in Rome. Plate 28: Drawing and a small mounted photograph of The Loggia on the South West side of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. Plate 29: The Loggia of the Knights of Rhodes in Rome. Plate 30: Small mounted photographs of the Cortile Cancelleria and the Cortile Doria Panfili in Rome. Plate 31: Drawing of the Loggia of Julius II S.Angel's Castle in Rome. Plate 32: Small mounted photographs of the Loggia of S.Angel's Castle in Rome and two modern Loggia's. Plate 33: Drawing of the open arcading on the south west corner at The Doge's Palace in Venice. Plate 34: Drawing of "The Judgement of Solomon" carved in fine grained marble for The Doge's Palace in Venice. Plate 35: Small mounted photographs of The Doge's Palace in Venice. Plate 36: Drawing of The Ca' d'Oro in Venice. Plate 37: Drawings of details from The  Ca' d'Oro in Venice. Plate 38: Small mounted photographs from the Ca' d'Oro in Venice. Plate 39: Small photographs of the facades of palaces in Venice. Plate 40: Drawing of the corner of St Mark's Library in Venice. Plate 41: Pencil drawing of Loggetta Venice. Architect Jacopo Sansovino. Plate 42: Five small photographs of the Library Vecchia, Procuratie Vecchie, Loggetta del Sansovino, Arcading alongside Rialto Bridge and the Palazzo Rezzonico in Venice. Plate 43: Two photographs and a pencil and watercolour drawing of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice. The first photograph is of the foot of the staircase with comments by Wheeler about the contrasting brick and stonework textures. The second photograph is the interior of the building's Loggia and the drawing is of the building's facade. Plate 44: Six photographs, four of the Cloister S. Stephano and two of the Cloister S.Carmine in Venice. Plate 45: Five photographs of the Pescheria in Venice. The photographs feature the detail of the Capital Fish's Head Moteif on top of a column, timber brackets, Ca' d'Oro seen from the market, the top Loggia looking over the Grand Canal and some Arcading. Wheeler has commented that the Arcading is Modern Gothic and features textured brickwork. Plate 46: Five small mounted photographs. The photographs feature the sotto portico (meaning under the porch) of the Scuola Giorgo degli Schiavoni with one photograph featuring Wheeler's comments on the alternating column shapes, a Loggia near Ponte Lungo, a colonnade near San Francesca della Vigna and the Cloisters of the Monestry adjoining San Maria Maggiore in Venice. Plate 47: Four small mounted photographs. The photographs feature; A portico with a balcony Loggia above with Wheeler's comments that it is Venetian Gothic, a potico with an arcade above with Wheeler's comments that it is Venetian Byzantine, a Loggia of Modern Building with Wheeler's comments that it is Gothic style and some modelled timber brackets above columns.

Wheeler, Sir Harry Anthony

Travel Report

This report details student Pamela Mitchell's experiences when she traveled around Europe for three months upon receiving a travelling scholarship at The Glasgow School of Art in 1959. Mitchell was a student at the School between 1955 and 1959 and studied Textiles. She received the Haldane Travelling Scholarship which was a cash sum of £75. She visted the cities of Copenhagen, Hamburg, Basle, Milan, Venice, Florence, Ravena, Porto Garibaldi, Ferrara, Verona and Paris. The report is coherantly laid out with details of the time spent in each of these cities.

Mitchell, Pamela

Travel Report

This report details student Christopher Grant's experiences when he travelled around Europe for six months upon receiving a travelling scholarship at The Glasgow School of Art in 1957. Grant recieved the Travelling Scholarship for Post-Diploma students which was the value of £120. Grant was a commercial art student at the School between 1952 and 1957. He used his traveling scholarship to visit the countries of Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France. His report is coherantly split into details of the time spent in each of these countries with title pages featuring the stamps of the different countries.

Grant, Christopher

Travel Report

This report details architecture student E. Mc Laren's experiences when travelling to Italy upon receiving the John Keppie Scholarship in 1947. The account is beautifully illustrated with his own photographs and highly detailed drawings in pencil, pen and watercolour.

McLaren, E

Travel reports and various itinararies

This folder contains two travel reports produced by Douglas Percy Bliss when he visited Italy as well as Denmark and Sweden in 1957. It also contains several travel itineraries specific to different countries. These were presumably created as a starting point for bursary winning students going to particular countries. The are very detailed, advising students about particular areas of interest for their studies as well as offering advice about where to stay, how to use public transport and where to go for help. Within this folder are itineraries for London, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Italy and Belgium. In addition, the folder contains general information about staying in the Halls of Residence at the National College of Rubber Technology in London.

Bliss, Douglas Percy

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection

  • GST
  • Collection
  • Late 19th century-mid 20th century

Collection of items related to the Glasgow based firm J. Giusti & Co. which specialized in the production of plaster figures, mould making, statuary repair, and other plaster work. The collection is primarily composed of plaster busts and portraits, six moulds, and two medals. The casts and moulds are formed after a range of sculptural styles including ancient Greek and Roman, French Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and 19th century anatomical studies.

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection highlights mould making and casting processes that were used to produce objects for retail and to repair existing plaster casts. Records from The Glasgow School of Art document purchases and repairs from J. Giusti & Co. from as early as 1890, and casts related to those in the collection were widely used as teaching and learning tools at the GSA through at least mid-20th century.

As most of the items in the collection were used in commercial casting processes, very few items have a plain white, white washed, or decoratively painted surface that are often observed in plaster cast collections. Many of the plaster casts and all of the plaster moulds are widely covered with uneven layers of shellac that appear yellow, red, or brown. Shellac was applied as a sealant and resist agent to prevent existing plaster elements from sticking to fresh plaster elements during the casting process.

In addition to the plaster casts and plaster moulds, several items provide further insights into the material processes employed by J. Giusti & Co. Two medals (likely bronze) showcase the company's involvement with mould making for metal casting, and a gelatine mould is a surviving example of a traditional process used to produce detailed casts in small quantities.

Proudfoot, Alexander

Italian Sketchbook

This sketchbook consists of 81 pages of sketches made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his trip to Italy in 1891 funded by his Greek Thomson travelling scholarship prize money. The subjects he sketched are mainly architectural, with the one he felt to be most impressive being labelled 'A Caution'. Each sketch is labelled with the name of the city or town in which it was sketched. In 1890 Mackintosh won the Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Travelling Scholarship with a design for a public hall, which enabled him to take an extensive tour abroad from February to July 1891. He left Glasgow for London on 21 March 1891, sailing from Tilbury on the Thames on 27 March and arriving in Naples on 5 April. He then visited Palermo in Sicily, Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, Venice, Padua, and Vicenza, arriving in Verona on 10 June 1891. The Sketchbook contains drawings from the later part of Mackintosh's tour, from 10th June, with sketches, mostly of architectural and sculptural details, beginning with Verona. It covers Verona (11-14 June); Mantua (14 June); Cremona (14-15 June); Brescia (16 June); Bergamo (17 June); Lecco (18 June); Cadenabbia and Lake Como (19-25 June); Como (26-27 June); Milan (28 June-6 July); Pavia (7 July-?); Certosa di Pavia (probably several days around 12 July); Paris and Chateau d'Ecouen (late July?); Antwerp (late July? - briefly visited on his return journey). It also contains several pages of designs for the Glasgow Art Club (1892-3) and the Glasgow Herald Building (1893-5). The drawings themselves are almost all pencil sketches, some of which are now quite faint.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

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