Collection DC 090 - Records relating to Ted Odling

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DC 090


Records relating to Ted Odling


  • c1956-1981 (Creation)

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This material mainly relates to Ted Odling's time teaching at The Glasgow School of Art from the 1950s to the early 1980s. It contains the following items:

  • Copy of a staff photograph, 1950
  • CD ROM titled 'family scene part 2', 1956-68
  • 9 x letters from Ted Odling to Harry Barnes, sent whilst on a Leverhulme travel award, 1965
  • 4 x folders of lecture notes / preparatory material covering perception, anatomy and perspective amongst other subjects, 1970s-80s
  • A letter from Ted Odling to Mr Garbett of Ulster Polytechnic regarding Ted Odling's external assessors report, July 1981
  • Loose notes on stereo television
  • 1 x notebook
  • 38 x colour wheels
  • 3 x colour swatches (red, blue and green)

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

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Biographical history

Ted Odling was born on 4th March 1921. He attended Sheffield College of Art from 1932-1938 winning the Montgomery medal and in 1939 he was awarded a Royal Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Ted enrolled at the RCA in 1940; however his studies were interrupted by WWII in which he served as an instrument repairer in Italy and North Africa (1941-1946). He returned to the RCA after this period to complete his studies, graduating in Painting in 1948. In 1949 Ted started working at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Initially he was an Assistant in the Drawing and Painting Department, then in 1962 he began to run the experimental Section V of the General Course - an introductory course for first and second year students before they moved on to study specialisms. Ted became a Senior Assistant on the General course in 1966 and Director of Studies for the First Year Course in 1971. He retired from GSA in 1982. Ted met his future wife Elizabeth Harvey Jamieson (1924-2003) at GSA in 1949 where she was also teaching. Elizabeth had previously studied Commercial Art at GSA between 1941-1945, winning the Newbery Medal in her final year, and had also undertaken a postgraduate year at the RCA in engraving during 1949-1950. The couple married in 1952.

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Donated in July 2016; accession reference number JAC/27.

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Conditions governing access

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment. For further details, please refer to our Access Policy @

Some of the lecture notes contain sensitive material and these items will not be made accessible to researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction

Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.

For further details, please refer to our Reprographic Service Guide @

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  • English

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  • Initial description created by Susannah Waters, Archives and Collections Manager, August 2016.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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