Collection DC 033 - Records of William Hardie Ltd, Fine Art Consultants and Valuers, Glasgow, Scotland

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DC 033


Records of William Hardie Ltd, Fine Art Consultants and Valuers, Glasgow, Scotland


  • 1984-1997 (Creation)

Level of description



6 Linear Feet

Content and Structure

Scope and content

This collection includes:

  • Board minutes including company accounts, 1984-1987
  • Auction catalogues, prices, photographs and item descriptions, 1992-1995
  • Exhibition records including correspondence, publicity materials and photographs relating to exhibitions of works by Daghani, Nicholas Fairbairn, Brenda Lenachan, Frederick Ost, Kathleen Daly, Frank Lloyd Wright, David Hockney, Dominique Moreau, Constructed Space, Liz Knox, Scott Kilgour and Ray Charles White, Adrian Wiszniewski, past and future exhibitions, 1987-1997
  • Correspondence with J Reynolds, Honeyman, Hugh Fraser, Nolde, Stephen Lee, Richard Demarco, J Campbell Brady, Wyndham Lewis and other sample files, 1988-1994

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


System of arrangement

The material is arranged into series with items generally arranged chronologically within them.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

William Hardie is an acknowledged authority on Scottish painting. Born in 1941, he was educated at Ipswich School, Ipswich, England; Glasgow Academy, Glasgow, Scotland; and Glasgow University, where he read modern languages. He was successively: Research Assistant to the Fine Arts Department of Glasgow University; Keeper of Art and then Deputy Director of the Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, Scotland; he was also Visiting Lecturer in the History of Art in the French department of Dundee University. He joined Christie's in Scotland and set up the Scottish Pictures Department, which played a major role in the transformation of the international market for Scottish art. He formed William Hardie Ltd , fine art consultants and valuers in Glasgow in 1984, as consultants specializing in Scottish paintings, opening the Washington Gallery in 1986 and the William Hardie Gallery in Glasgow's West Regent Street in 1990. William Hardie has pioneered the renewed interest in Scottish artists such as Orchardson , the Glasgow School, George Dutch Davidson, the Scottish Colourists, Stanley Cursiter, William McCance and Donald Bain, while the younger contemporary Scottish artists have been selectively presented at his gallery. Peter Howson had his first Glasgow solo exhibition there in 1986. Hardie has written numerous articles and catalogues and translated the Larousse Dictionary of Modern Art. His books, Scottish Painting: 1937-1939 (1976) and the subsequent Scottish Painting: 1837 to the Present (1990) are widely acclaimed. William Hardie was a governor of the Glasgow School of Art from 1996, until his death on the 22nd January 2021.

Archival history

Custodial history

Unknown. Immediate source of acquisition was a deposit from William Hardie Ltd in 2001.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

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Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German

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Physical Description

There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.

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Existence and location of copies

No known copies.

Related materials

Further information concerning William Hardie Limited and the artists whom he represented may be gained from the GSA's collection of newspaper cuttings available in the search room.

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Processing information

  • Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 18 October 2001.
  • Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002.
  • Fonds level description imported from the Archives Hub 24 August 2006.
  • Updated by Kimberly Sommerville, Archives Assistant, 23 July 2010.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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