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Folder containing 22 contact sheets and 224 negative of photographs taken by George Oliver. Majority are annotated. Includes: Museum of Childhood, Royal Scottish Museum, Henry Moore statues at Inverleith, New Town, Edinburgh University and Greyfriars graveyard.

Oliver, George

Plaster cast of King

  • PC/032A
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Plaster cast copies of sculptures from the church of Notre-Dame de Corbeil, Essonne, France. The original sculptures were previously displayed in the Musée des Monuments as King Clovis I of the Franks (465 - 511) and his wife Queen Clotilde (474 – 545). However, they are now housed in the Louvre where they are catalogued as possibly the Old Testament monarchs, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

Plaster cast of Queen

  • PC/032B
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Plaster cast copies of sculptures from the church of Notre-Dame de Corbeil, Essonne, France. The original sculptures were previously displayed in the Musée des Monuments as King Clovis I of the Franks (465 - 511) and his wife Queen Clotilde (474 – 545). However, they are now housed in the Louvre where they are catalogued as possibly the Old Testament monarchs, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

Plaster cast of Saint Jerome

  • PC/068
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Statue of preacher leaning on lectern, or possibly a pilgrim by the style of dress.

Not available / given

Heart of the Rose

Designed for the 'Rose Boudoir', International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art, Turin, 1902. This item was assessed for conversation in 2010 as part of the Mackintosh Conservation and Access project (2006-2010), and then again in 2018 following the fire in the Mackintosh Building in June 2018.

A Rose Boudoir included two gesso panels - composite works of plaster with pigment, set with glass beads - made exclusively by Macdonald. On the manifest for the exhibition, Mackintosh indicated that ‘duplicates only’ were available for sale [I have an image of this if you want it to illustrate]. Two other versions, both in Glasgow, had the same design but with different palette and surface detail: The White Rose and the Red Rose hung above the mantle in the Mackintoshes’ own home, and can now be seen in the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery; and The Heart of the Rose belonged to Wylie Hill, a relative of Jessie Newbery, and was later given to the Glasgow School of Art. Previously it was assumed that these versions were created from a cartoon or template, each hand made, but it was difficult to tell which set came first, or even if they were made simultaneously. But recent analysis by Graciela Ainsworth Conservation Studio in Edinburgh has shown that the GSA version is not a gesso panel as we have come to understand Macdonald’s technique, but rather a traditional plaster cast that has been painted. This may seem like a minor technical point, but when considered alongside Mackintosh’s note that duplicates could be ordered, it reminds us that he carefully curated this space to show both that he and Macdonald could be commissioned to do entire rooms but were also very happy to have individual pieces replicated and sold on their own merit (information supplied by Dr Robyne Erica Calvert, Cultural Historian, Mar 2022).

Mackintosh, Margaret Macdonald

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

Plaster cast of Standing Discobolus (Discophoros)

Original: Discovered in 1781 on Esquiline Hill. Considered to be a copy of an earlier Greek original. The popularity of the sculpture in antiquity was no doubt due to its representation of the athletic ideal. Discus-throwing was the first element in the pentathlon, and while pentathletes were in some ways considered inferior to those athletes who excelled at a particular sport, their physical appearance was much admired. This was because no one particular set of muscles was over-developed, with the result that their proportions were harmonious. Listed in the first catalogue of casts as Greek, located in Vatican and bought from Brucciani. Original currently in the collection of the Louvre, Paris, France.
Photographed in GSA 1915.

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