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Baxter, William

  • S160
  • Person

William Baxter was born in 1896. He studied drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art in 1914/15 before joining the Royal Air Force. In 1918/19 he returned as a full time art student funded by the Ministry of Labour. He is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Bayatti, Hanna

  • P356
  • Person
  • 1983-

Bayatti was a Visual Communication student at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2005. She was awarded the W O Hutchison Prize. She later studied Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art.

Beale, Evelyn

  • S570
  • Person

Evelyn Beale was born in 18th July 1870. She trained at the Slade School. She moved from Edinburgh to North Shields in 1907 and the following year returned to Scotland to live in Portobello before moving to Rothesay in1910, finally settling in Glasgow around 1918. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art between 1915 and 1919, where she studied day time drawing and painting and sculpture. Beale was active as a sculptor in the group of artists known as the 'Glasgow Girls' between 1904 and 1938. Many exhibited pieces are recorded, including memorial war panels after World War One. Beale died in 1944.

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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Scotland's People:

Beaton, Janetta

  • S1213
  • Person

Janetta A Beaton was a student of the Glasgow School of Art between 1916 and 1918. During her first year, she studied evening classes in Drawing and Painting, specifically Needlework. Her second year at the School saw her achieve the Haldane Bursary of £2 for Design and Decorative Arts, and she transferred from Evening to Day Classes, where she studied Needle Lettering. Her occupation was listed as "Art Needlework". Janetta lived in the Gorbals during her time studying.

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Beaton, Rosemary

  • P689
  • Person
  • 1963-

Born in 1963, Rosemary studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1981 to 1986, graduating BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 1985 and awarded a Post Graduate Diploma the following year.She won the John Player National Portrait Award in 1984 and was commissioned to paint Sir Robin Day by the National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985. She has undertaken a number of public art projects including'Present and Future', an entrance Art Work comprising 50m x 25m grass waves and 2 steel heads measuring 3m each at Prime Four, in Aberdeen.

Beattie, Andrew John Sinclair

  • P826
  • Person
  • 1916-1993

Born and brought up in Govan, his father was a property agent and his mother a school teacher. Beattie studied at the GSA from 1935-1940, possibly inspired by his uncle, Dr Colin Sinclair who was a well-known architect. In his first session he studied Drawing and Painting, later switching to Design.

In 1938 he helped to rebuild Iona Abbey with the inspirational Church of Scotland minister, George Macleod, founder of the Iona community. Beattie was deeply religious and in later life trained as a Methodist Lay Preacher.

Gaining his Diploma in 1940, Beattie became an Art Master at Cally House, in Gatehouse of Fleet. (Glasgow Education Department took over Cally House during the war and many evacuee school children from Glasgow were sent there to be taught in a safer environment.) After the war he moved with his second wife to Uddingston and taught at Uddingston Grammar School. He then became Head of the Art Department at Rutherglen Secondary School before finishing his career as Head of Art at Bellshill secondary School.

Beattie, Oscar Alexander

  • S588
  • Person

Oscar Alexander Beattie was born on the 8th January 1890, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. He enlisted as a soldier during the First World War, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant before serving overseas. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art in 1918, taking day classes in architecture. He returned to Australia in 1919, where he continued to work as an architect. He married Mary Kathleen Beart in 1926. Beattie died in Perth, Australia in 1966.

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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Scotland's People:

Beaty, Jessie Moira

  • P901
  • Person
  • 1922-2015

Born in Prestwick, Jessie Moira Munro moved to Shawlands in Glasgow when she was five years old. After attending Hutcheson’s Grammar School, she enrolled at the GSA in 1939 where she was a contemporary of Joan Eardley and Margo Sandeman, but left after a year to join the war effort. From 1942 she worked at Bletchley Park, initially as a secretary, but later became a cryptographer, a fact she did not divulge to her family until the 1980s. After the war in Europe ended, she moved to the Films Division of the Ministry of Information in London, working for its director Jack Beddington. She returned to Glasgow in 1947 to resume her studies at the School of Art where she met Stuart Beaty, a sculptor, whom she married in 1952.

Following teacher training at Jordanhill College she taught in the Gorbals until moving to Hawick in the Borders where Stuart had a successful career in textiles with Pringle of Scotland. She taught part-time in various local schools and during the late 1950s and 60s she exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, becoming a professional member of Scottish Society of Women Artists in 1974. She also exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.

After the death of her husband in 2004, she moved to the Stirlingshire village of Balfron to be near her daughter, and still painted regularly. Her final year was a triumph as she had a sell-out retrospective exhibition in the Harbour Gallery, Kirkcudbright, and was represented in the town's major summer exhibition, Glasgow Girls 1920-60, which she opened.

Bedford Lemere & Co

  • C45
  • Corporate body
  • 1861-1967

Bedford Lemere & Co was the pre-eminent English firm of architectural photographers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking photographs at a time of extraordinary change and unparalleled optimism, its customers were leading architects, designers, industrialists, estate agents, hoteliers and retailers. Over the years Bedford Lemere & Co photographed country houses, factories, hospitals, shops, banks, railway stations, cruise liners and, during the First World War, armaments manufacture. Its work centred on London, but it received commissions throughout the British Isles and occasionally from abroad. The firm's work was technically outstanding and executed with a distinctive sympathy for its subject matter.

Begg, Currie & Russell

  • C110
  • Corporate body
  • Early 20th century

Responsible for printing and publishing The Annual Reports of The Glasgow School of Art. Regarding the Needlecraft Exhibition, the material presented indicates that the firm were in touch with The School regarding the paper type and quality for the exhibition catalogue.

Begg, Vicky

  • P706
  • Person
  • fl 1985-

Vicky attained her B Des (Hons) in Printed Textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College in 1995 and her MA Textile Design from Winchester School of Art in 1996. Her Masters level research focused on the use of reflective printing pigments in disperse dyes for sportswear. Initially a Printed Textiles Lecturer on the BA (Hons) European Textile Design course at Bradford college, Vicky became the Course Tutor overseeing all aspects of the course from design to foreign languages. In 1999, through maintaining cose links with industry whilst at Bradford College, Vicky went on to establish one of the UK’s first digital fabric printing services with RA Smart Ltd.The Fabric Printing Bureau operated under Vicky’s Directorship until 2002 serving a vast array of clients in design and design related industries, from haute couture to exhibition design. In May 2002, Vicky joined the Centre for Advanced Textiles as Bureau Co-ordinator to consolidate her expertise with that of Alan Shaw and the CAT team, in promoting the digital fabric printing technology as a commercial, educational and research facility.

Bell, Margaret C M

  • S1214
  • Person

Margaret C. M. Bell (born 23/02/1896) registered to study at the Glasgow School of Art between 1914 and 1915. She is recorded as enrolling in Day classes in Drawing and Painting, and Design. Unfortunately, it seems that she withdrew from these classes. However, her Design classes were not scored through, so it may be the case that she simply withdrew from the Painting and Drawing Classes. The GSA had a strict policy with withdrawing from classes – that no fees that had already been paid would be refunded. Margaret lived in South Kelvinside in the West End of Glasgow.

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Bell, Robert Anning

  • P131
  • Person
  • 1863-1933

Robert Anning Bell RA, RWS, LLD (1863-1933) born 14 Apr 1863, Soho, London, died 27 Nov 1933.
Robert Anning Bell was a painter, modeller for coloured relief, illustrator and designer of stained glass and mosaics. He studied at Westminster and the Royal Academy Schools. From 1911 he was the Professor of the Design Section at Glasgow School of Art. He was based in London and visited the School when required. From 1903 to 1911 he had been a visiting lecturer to the School and had also been one of the external examiners, so his influence on the section was strong. In 1918 he became Visiting Director of Studies to the Design School, a post he retained until his death in 1933. He also held teaching posts at the Royal College of Art, London and University College, Liverpool.

Bell, Stafford N

  • S1215
  • Person

Stafford Northcote Bell (06/05/1879) began attending the Glasgow School of Art in 1913. He attended evening classes at the GSA for three years. Initially, he studied both Costume Class, taught by Mr Mains, and Etching taught by Miss Crawford. By 1915, however, it seems that he was taking evening classes only in Etching.

The costume classes involved the study of the "history and evolution of Dress and its Decoration,… manners, and customs." Costume models were also provided for the students to draw. The Etching Classes took place every Wednesday Evening, they involved the teaching of copper, zinc and other metal etching and printing.

While Stafford was at the GSA, his occupation was listed as "Tobacco Manufacturer". It is likely that he was related to J & F Bell, a notable Tobacco Manufacturer based in Merchant City in Glasgow. Stafford resided first in Hyndland, and then in Hillhead in the West End of Glasgow. Stafford died in 1928, his occupation was listed as a Tobacco Factory Manager.

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Bell, Susan Elizabeth

  • S1216
  • Person

Susan Elizabeth Bell (09/01/1878) attended the Glasgow School of Art in 1915 when she was 37. A student of the College of Domestic Science, Susan attended classes in Needlework Design that were established especially for talented needleworkers at the College of Domestic Science. She undertook evening classes in Needlework in 1915, and between 1917 and 1919 she attended Saturday day classes. By 1917, she had become a Teacher of Needlework and Domestic Science. Susan was taught by Miss Macbeth, the Chief Needlework and Embroidery Instructor. Susan was part of a cohort of Domestic Science Students who attended the Glasgow School of Art at the same time. She is noted as having both a term-time and home address, in Bath Street, Glasgow and Newton-Kirkpatrick, Dumfriesshire. In 1918, she moved to Lockerbie.

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Belskie, Abraham

  • P827
  • Person
  • 1907-1988

Abraham Belskie was born in London and grew up in Glasgow. He first enrolled at The Glasgow School of Art for the 1922-3 session, when he attended evening classes in the modelling and sculpture section. He listed his occupation as that of “Sculptor's Apprentice". At the time, he was one of 83 students studying sculpture throughout the school.

The following year Belskie became a day pupil at the school. It is likely that he was awarded his Diploma in 1926, as in 1927 he had his Diploma endorsed after the successful completion of post-diploma study. He was one of only two sculpture students to receive this endorsement in 1927.

His sculpture "The Flood" was exhibited at the Glasgow Institute (now the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts) in 1925. The following year, Belskie received a one third share of the John Keppie Scholarship. This award, worth £100, was given in alternate years to sculpture and architecture students. However, in 1927, Belskie was awarded it again, this time as the sole beneficiary.

In 1929 he emigrated to New York to work for the British sculptor John Gregory. In 1938 Belskie was introduced to physician Robert Latou Dickinson and subsequently applied his skills to create medical models, some of which were exhibited at the World's Fair of 1939. This was known as the Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series. In 1942, he created two sculptures, Norma and Normman, based on data collected by Dickinson, intended to represent the statistical ideal female and male figure. After Dickinson's death in 1950, Belskie instead created medallions (occasionally medicine-related)

Bennett, J B

  • S161
  • Person

James Bennett was born on the 3rd July 1886 in Dunfermline, Fife, eldest son of four brothers to David Bennett, Master Grocer and Spirit Merchant, and Margaret Bennett (née Houston). The family were living in Saline, Fife, in the early 1900s.

After leaving school, James trained with a local Architect, John Houston of Dunfermline, from 1903 to 1907. He then studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture from session 1907/08 to 1910/11, attending classes at both the School of Art and the Technical College.

The Technical College student registers reveal that James took a combination of day and evening classes during his five years there. These included Descriptive Geometry, Mechanics Lectures, Stereotomy, Builders' Quantities, Mechanics of Structures, Chemistry, Geology and Physics, as well as various classes in Architecture. During his studies he also worked as an assistant in the firm of Miller & Black in Renfield Street, Glasgow, for a year. He achieved first-class certificates of merit for most of his subjects, and in his final year was a senior medallist in Design.

James qualified for the Senior Certificate of the Glasgow School of Architecture in May 1911, and became assistant to William Cowie, architect in Ayr. That same year, he was awarded the triennial Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship, which had been set up by the Glasgow Institute of Architects following the death of famed Glasgow architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a previous recipient of this studentship, in 1890.

On his return from travelling in Italy and France, James joined the firm of John Burnet and Son as an architectural draughtsman. Sir John James Burnet was responsible for designing several buildings at the University of Glasgow, including the Memorial Chapel and the James Watt Building. James passed the examination for admission as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (ARIBA) in late 1915, following sponsorship by John Burnet and two fellow architects, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and John Watson. However, war service then brought his promising career to a halt.

James joined the Officers Training Corps at the University of Glasgow in session 1915-1916. He enlisted in the Queen's Own Rifles, Glasgow Yeomanry, before receiving a temporary commission with the 129th Field Company Royal Engineers in October 1916.

2nd Lieutenant James Bennett was killed in action in France on the 28th November 1916, aged 30. He is buried in the Maroc British Cemetery in Grenay, north of Arras. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

As well as appearing on the Glasgow School of Art Roll of Honour, James is commemorated on the University of Glasgow memorial, the RIBA war memorial and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College. He is also named on the Saline war memorial in Fife, and on his parents' headstone in Saline cemetery. The house in Saline where James grew up, originally called 'Hillview,' was renamed 'Maroc' after the cemetery where he is buried, in remembrance of him. Also appears on the Glasgow Institute of Architects Roll of Honour (Student).

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Sources: Dictionary of Scottish Architects; The Glasgow Institute of Architects; The University of Glasgow Story; The Scottish War Memorials Project; The Scottish War Graves Project; Saline, Steelend & Communities; Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register; RIBA Information Centre

Bennie, Muriel

  • S1473
  • Person

Muriel Bennie (born 20/06/1896) was one of a cohort of students from the College of Domestic Science in Glasgow who attended evening classes in Textiles and Needlework at the Glasgow School of Art. The classes were awarded to students who were exceptionally talented in these fields. Muriel lived in Ayr.

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Benson, Charley

  • S1469
  • Person

Charley Benson, (born 06/06/1894) attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1914 and 1916. He studied evening classes in Fashion Plate with Miss Gray. Fashion Plate involved the study of the human figure in Nature and Art, the study of drapery and material, the making of drawings for the illustration of catalogues and advertisements, and the designing of dresses as models for dressmakers and tailors. Throughout his time at the GSA, Charley worked variously as a Designer, a Ladies Tailor, and a Costumier. He lived in Motherwell. Charley was the right age to have been called up to fight in the First World War, however, it has been difficult to determine whether or not he was did in fact serve.

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Benson, George

  • S1470
  • Person

George Benson (born 14/06/1892) attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1907 and 1915. During his time studying, he attended evening and day classes in Drawing and Painting. His occupation changed from Shopkeeper, to student, to Architect's Apprentice. Furthermore, between 1913 and 1914, he won a bursary of £25 from the district of Stirling, allowing him to study as a full time day student. He is recorded as living in both Motherwell and Blanefield.

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Benton, Charles

  • S162
  • Person

Charles Benton was a student at the Glasgow School of Art c1914. He is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Bernard, Sister Thérése

  • S1217
  • Person

Sister Thérése Bernard attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1915 and 1916. She studied Day classes in Drawing and Painting. It is likely that she worked as a teacher at the Notre Dame School, attached to the Notre Dame Convent in Dowanhill, Glasgow. The School was founded in 1897, and still exists today.

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Bertram, Emma W H

  • S1218
  • Person

Emma W. H. Bertram (Born 12/12/1893) attended the Glasgow School of Art in 1918, and then again in 1920. However, she cancelled her attendance in 1920. She studied evening and day classes in Drawing and Painting. Emma lived on Newlands Road, in the Southside of Glasgow.

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Bevan, Catherine

  • S768
  • Person

Catherine Bevan designed children's garments for the 1978 fashion show.

Beveridge, Ann Millicent

  • P828
  • Person
  • 1871-1955

The daughter of a Kirkcaldy solicitor, Beveridge studied at GSA from 1900 to 1905 taking classes in Drawing and Painting and Design. In 1903-1904 she studied etching under M. Delville and took Life classes with the same teacher the following year.

Little is known about her later career, though she is believed to have moved to Paris in the early years of the C20th and showed a variety of work at the Paris Salon and also at the RSA, London.

Beveridge, David

  • S163
  • Person

David Beveridge was born in 1898. In 1914/15 he attended evening classes in drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art, before voluntarily enlisting as a Royal Engineer during the First World War. He returned to the School from 1919 to 1922 to study architecture. Beveridge is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Beveridge, Thomas Johnston

  • P187
  • Person
  • 1888-1964

Thomas Johnston Beveridge was born on 15 July 1888, the son of Robertson Beveridge, (profession indeciperable) and his wife Helen Johnston. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1904, receiving his diploma in July 1909. He was awarded a National Art Survey Scholarship in 1908 and a travelling bursary in 1909. He completed his training in the offices of John Kinross for whom he retained a life-long affection and shared his artistic bias and love of the Renaissance, and Sir Robert Lorimer. From 1910 to 1914 he spent time studying old work in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Hampton Court and elsewhere, and in the latter year began collecting material for his book 'English Renaissance Woodwork 1660-1730', published in 1921. In his preface he indicates the origin of this publication: 'In 1910 I found that I had the opportunity for a prolonged measuring tour. On the advice of Mr John Kinross RSA Edinburgh, I began to study the woodwork of the period of Sir Christopher Wren, with the object of publishing drawings of it in book form later on'. Several entries in the Scott Morton Letterbook of 1909 refer to Beveridge's work with Plenderleith, the firm's craftsman, on the carvings at Ardtornish, during which he must have developed an interest in fine woodwork. Beveridge was both architect and designer throughout his life.

He commenced practice on his own account in 1920, at 22 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, and in 1924 moved to 248 West George Street, Glasgow where he specialised in domestic architecture in a Scottish traditional style. He was an assistant teacher at Glasgow School of Architecture for eight hours per week from 1928 to 1930. He was elected LRIBA in 1931, his proposers being John Watson, Thomas Lumsden Taylor and Thomas Harold Hughes.

By c1935 Beveridge had taken John Eadie Waddel Dallachy, formerly of Wylie Wright & Wylie, into partnership.
On 6 March 1939 Beveridge was elected FRIBA, his proposers being Hughes again, William Ross and Professor William James Smith. His nomination papers state that his output included ship decoration, foundry work and the design of reinforced concrete buildings, bridges etc., in association with Macdonald & Partners of Glasgow. However his obituary in the Glasgow Herald attributed Beveridge's practice with a wider range of buildings: schools, industrial estates and country houses, along with quality oak furnishings for Glasgow Cathedral and Clarence House. In his later years he worked in partnership with John Eadie Waddel Dallachy (born 1904). In 1957 he became an Associate of the RSA.
Beveridge died at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow on 25 July 1964. He was survived by his wife Agnes Cowan Brown.

Beveridge, William

  • S164
  • Person

William Beveridge was a born c1883 and died in his early thirties while serving in the First World War. He studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1898 to 1899, and in 1899 worked as a designer. He is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Biggar, Helen Manson

  • P394
  • Person
  • 1909-1953

Helen Biggar (born 25/5/1909), from Glasgow, was a student at The Glasgow School of Art from 1925-1932. Helen was awarded a diploma in Textile Design in 1929, and was also awarded a Minor Travel Bursary of £10 in 1930. She suffered from polio and was very short in stature. She was politically active during the war and a member of the Kino society and involved in the Glasgow Worker's Theatre Group.

Helen Biggar's wartime Glasgow art circle included refugee artists like Josef Herman and Jankel Adler, and talented locals like Robert Frame and Eli Montlake, some of whom joined her in London when she moved there permanently in 1945. They exhibited as the New Scottish Group at the Edinburgh Festival in 1947; and as the Gorbals Artists when Glasgow Unity brought their famous production of The Gorbals Story (1946) to London in 1948. On 11 October 1948 Helen Biggar married Eli Montlake at Wandsworth register office.

She also worked on several productions with the filmmaker Norman McLaren, who also studied at the School.
Helen died of a brain haemorrhage at St Mary Abbot's Hospital, London, on 28 March 1953. Her cremation at Golders Green was attended by luminaries from the artistic, theatrical, and ballet worlds of London and Glasgow. She was survived by her husband.

Biggar, Hugh

  • P782
  • Person
  • 1861-1940

Hugh Biggar studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1881/2 to 1885/6. He was awarded the Haldane medal in 1886 and won a number of other prizes and competitions.

He was also an early member of the Independent Labour Party.

Source: Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women

Biggar, Jessie St Claire

  • S1472
  • Person

Jessie St Claire Biggar was born on 4th April 1902. She attended the Glasgow School of Art for a few months in 1918. While at the GSA, she studied Day Classes in Design three times a week. However, it is noted that she left the School at Christmas. The note continues to mention that she "might come back", however, there is no record of her doing so, and no record of her attending the GSA in later years. She is noted to have resided in Newlands in Glasgow.

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Binnie, Alice Mary

  • S1219
  • Person

Alice Mary Binnie (born 12/07/1903) studied at the Glasgow School of Art between 1918 and 1919. Alice was a Typist Clerkess and took evening classes at the GSA in Fashion Plate. This involved learning to design clothing and costume, to draw life models, and to create illustrations for fashion advertisements, among many other things. Mary lived in Crosshill.

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Binnie, Maureen

  • P174
  • Person
  • 1958-

Born Glasgow. Painter in oil and pastels, and etcher. Landscapes in bright colours, showing the influence of John Reid Murray and George Henry. Graduate of Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art 1975-1980. In 1980-1983, aided by a Greenshields scholarship, studied in Paris at Atelier 17 with Stanley Hayter and attended classes at La Grande Chaumiere. Much of her printmaking done on Orkney. Paintings mostly landscape and derive from journeys in her native Scotland and the USA.

Binnie, William Bryce

  • S165
  • Person

William Bryce Binnie was born in Linlithgow in 1886, the son of Helen Bryce and William Binnie. He studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art from 1905/06 to 1910/11, during which time he undertook an apprenticeship at John Burnet and Son. In the final year of his studies he won a travelling scholarship, and spent a year in Italy. Thereafter he went to New York to work as a designer for Warren & Wetmore architects, for whom he designed the detailing of Grand Central Station. In 1913 he returned to the U.K. and took up a position as chief draughtsman for a practice in London. At the outbreak of the First World War he entlisted in the Royal Highlanders, where he was promoted to the rank of temporary captain and awarded the Military Cross with bar. In 1919 he was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission as an assistant architect, and in 1920, deputy director. In these roles he was responsible for supervising the erection of war cemeteries and memorials across the former Western Front, as well as designing the memorial to the Ministry at Nieuport in Belgium. Binnie is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Binning, Alfred

  • S589
  • Person

Alfred Bathurst Binning was born on the 20th January 1894. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1915 to 1919, where he took evening classes in drawing and painting and life drawing. During this time his occupation is listed as an apprentice scientific instrument maker. He remained in Glasgow, and exhibited work as a painter at the Royal Glasgow Institute between 1921 and 1938.

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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Scotland's People:

Birch & Co

  • C46
  • Corporate body
  • 1895-1954

William Birch was a furniture maker, based in High Wycombe. In the 1840s, according to family tradition Birch began chairmaking. In 1853 he made his first appeared in trade directories. In 1883 William son's Walter started his own chairmaking business in Castle Street, after beginning some years before at the back of The Woolpack pub in Oxford Road. By 1888 another son, Charles, had started a furniture factory in Queen’s Road and carried on in business until World War One. In 1895 Walter took over his father’s firm as Birch and Company with premises in Denmark Street. The Denmark Street factory was rebuilt in 1898 according to the latest modern specifications. The factory burned down very soon after it was built, despite being designed to be fire-proof. By the end of the 1890s, Birch's was supplying furniture for Liberty's and other prestigious London stores Around 1900 the firm seems to have been one of the first to branch out into making general furniture in addition to chairs alone. Pioneered the development of Arts and Crafts-influenced furniture locally, and employed well-known designers such as EG Punnett, George Walton (who worked with Mackintosh) and Whitehead. Birch’s opened a second site in Wycombe at Leigh Street, and between 1931 and 1935 the whole business concentrated in Leigh St, in 1938 employing 350. The company was acquired by E. Gomme in 1954.

Bistolfi, Leonardo

  • P374
  • Person
  • 1859-1933

Leonardo Bistolfi (14 Mar 1859-02 Sep 1933) was an Italian sculptor, and an important exponent of Italian Symbolism.

Black, Edith L S

  • S1221
  • Person

Edith L. S. Black (17/11/1890) attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1918 and 1920. She studied day, and then evening classes in Drawing and Painting. In her second year, Edith's occupation is listed as Tracer, most likely making copies of industrial plans by hand. Edith lived in Pollokshields.

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Black, J B

  • S130
  • Person

J B Black was a lecturer in Social and Intellectual History at the University of Glasgow from 1913 to 1916. He appears on Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Black, Jessie B

  • S1220
  • Person

Jessie B. Black attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1917 and 1920. In her first year, she was awarded the Haldane Scholarship of £1, 1 Shilling to study Evening classes in Drawing and Painting, specialising in Fashion. The Haldane Scholarship of £1, 1 Shilling was awarded to six other students for Drawing and Painting that year, and was awarded on the basis of artistic talent. Jessie continued to study evening classes in drawing and painting in her second year. In her final year, Jessie is listed as working as a Designer; she also began taking evening classes in Design. Jessie was born on 16th September 1899, and lived in Renfrew.

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Black, Sam

  • P878
  • Person
  • 1913-1998

Sam Black graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 1936 and went on to teach in Scottish schools. He served in Europe in World War II and was decorated for bravery. He worked for the War Artists Advisory Committee, and his works for this committee are held by the Imperial War Museum in London.

After World War II he resumed teaching and in the 1950s took up a post at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Sam Black was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1977. Further information can be found in the source below.

Source: University of British Columbia Archives catalogue

Black, Thomas L

  • S166
  • Person

Thomas L Black was a student at the Glasgow School of Art c1914. He is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.

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Blackwood, Jilli

  • P638
  • Person
  • fl c1980s-

Jilli Blackwood studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles at GSA, graduating in 1986 with a First Class BA Hons in Art & Design. She designed and modelled garments for the 1984 and 1985 fashion shows.
Jilli was awarded the Incorporation of Weavers Educational Final Year Grant and won third prize in the Harris Tweed competition in session 1984-85. She won the Coats Paton Embroidery Award and was accepted for a Graduate Enterprise placement, in session 1985-86.
She is a renowned textile artist, the creator of the "Slash and Show" style of embroidered textiles. Her textile art has been exhibited in various institutions in the UK and the US, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery (London) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. As well as private commissions, Blackwood has received public commissions by prestigious institutions, such as the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) where she has also been artist in residence. As at July 2017, Jilli is a textile artist and designer based in Glasgow, and her best-known design is the Team Scotland parade uniform for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she was Director of Costume.

Blackwood, Minnie

  • S1222
  • Person

Minnie Blackwood attended the Glasgow School of Art for 10 years between 1906 and 1917. She attended a range of classes including Needlework, Drawing and Painting, and Lithography (a type of printmaking). She attended evening, Saturday, and weekday classes. Her occupation varied while she was attending the school, from being a Dresscutter Teacher, to a Teacher of Dressmaking, a Teacher of Needlework, and a Needlewoman. She also lived in a variety of areas around Glasgow, including Coatbridge, Cleveland Street, Bath Street, the City Centre, the Charing Cross area, and Partick. Minnie's date of birth is recorded firstly as 6th June 1861, and then as 6th May 1875.

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Blackwood, William TL

  • P783
  • Person
  • fl 1972-

William Blackwood was a student at The Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s. He moved to the US after graduation and worked there for 5 years, before returning to Scotland, and continues to work as an artist.


Blaikley, David A G

  • S1223
  • Person

David A. G. Balikley (born 01/05/1891) attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1917 and 1922. A Scientific Instrument Maker based in Hillhead, David Alex G Blaikley attended evening classes in Drawing and Painting until 1921. He was awarded the Haldane Trust Bursary in 1921. This allowed him to attend day classes for the year 1921 – 22. For this final year of study, Blaikley's occupation was listed as "Student".

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Blain, Robert

  • S1224
  • Person

Born on 27th August 1897, Robert Blain, an Apprentice Architect, attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1913 and 1916. While completing his apprenticeship, Robert attended evening classes in Drawing and Painting. In his final year, it seems that Robert Blains enrolled at the same time as nineteen other Architects' Draughtsmen and Architects' Apprentices. It is possible that they were enrolled as part of a programme devised by an architecture firm, but no real evidence has been found of this. After leaving the Glasgow School of Art, Blain completed his apprenticeship and attended military service in 1919. He then became an Assistant at Denny and Blain Architecture Practice before being made a partner in 1921. During his time at the GSA, he lived in Newlands.

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Blair, Alison

  • P620
  • Person
  • fl c1970s

Alison Blair studied at The Glasgow School of Art during the 1970s.

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