Dalziel, Agnes Alexandra

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Agnes Alexandra Dalziel was born on 10 May 1901. She was known as Nan Dalziel.

She attended Glasgow School of Art as a day student of Drawing and Painting between the years 1919-1924. During this time she lived in Moss Street in Dennistoun in Glasgow.

During her time at The Glasgow School of Art, she received the following awards:

  • 1921-22 – Minor Travelling Bursary for Drawing and Painting Students ( to go to London to study for two weeks)
  • 1922-23 – Maintenance Bursary of £60
  • 1923-24 – Haldane Travelling Scholarship £50 (40 competitors)

The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections has a 1922 photograph of Nan Dalziel with fellow students Mary Steel (Armour) – who went on to teach at The Glasgow School of Art - and Betsy Easton (reference number GSAA/P/1/42).

In 1925 Nan Dalziel exhibited a painting entitled 'Lady at piano' in the Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition. Her address was still Moss Street.

From 1923 to 1931 she exhibited paintings intermittently at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. In 1923 she showed 'The Studio Door' (priced £7) and 'In a Kitchen' (£16). In 1924 she exhibited 'Jean' (£15). Her next entry was in 1926 when she exhibited Sunlight (£25). By this time she had moved to St Vincent Street in Glasgow.

In 1927, when she exhibited 'Head of a Girl' her address was Place Denfert Rochereau, in Paris. In 1931 the painting she submitted was 'Street – Villeneuve'.

In 2016 one of her paintings, entitled 'Two sisters' (1927) was sold at auction in Cambridge. The guide price was £600-£800.

Sources: Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture; The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitions 1826-1990; The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 1861-1899; auctions website (http://www.invaluable.co.uk/).

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