Collection DC 098 - Papers of Archibald Haswell Miller

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DC 098


Papers of Archibald Haswell Miller


  • 1908-1936 (Creation)

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2 Boxes

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This collection comprises papers relating to Archibald Haswell Miller and photographs relating to George Baltus. It includes:

  • 14 x mounted photographs of an Italian tour, 1927 (some are captioned)
  • 25 x  mounted photographs of a European tour, 1935-36 (some are captioned)
  • 8 x mounted photographs of art works by George Baltus
  • 2 x mounted woodblock prints by George Baltus, 1921-22 (captioned)
  • 1 photograph of art work by George Baltus
  • 2 x cards for GSA Students Tryst
  • 1 letter for travel signed by Francis Newbery (French/Spanish)
  • 1 bill for Akademie Kunste Munchen (German)
  • 1 letter about the Haldane Bursary
  • 1 letter with sketches on reverse
  • 1 GSA club 'At Home' programme, 1908
  • 1 GSA club 'At Home' programme,1909
  • 1 letter from Major General of 7th Division, 1914
  • 1 excerpt from a minute of the meeting of the Governors, 1914
  • 8 x examples of printed pamphlets
  • 11 x sheets of correspondence with Blackie & Son Ltd.
  • 5 x book cover examples (unmounted)
  • 3 x book cover examples (mounted)
  • 30 x GSA student and staff photographs (some with annotation)
  • 2 x loose news cuttings
  • 24 x loose photographs of documentation of art works
  • 1 mounted portrait of Francis Newbery
  • 1 copy of Francis Newbery’s application to be Head Master of GSA
  • 1 mounted photograph of a mural

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

Painter and curator, born in Glasgow, where he studied at the School of Art under Maurice Greiffenhagen and Jean Delville, 1906-9, then for a year in Munich. Was married to the artist Josephine Miller. Miller taught at Glasgow School of Art for 20 years from 1910, apart from during World War I, then was keeper and deputy director of the National Galleries of Scotland, 1930-52. He also held positions with the Royal Fine Arts Commission, National Buildings Record and Scottish Council. Wrote, especially on military uniforms. Sometimes signing his work H M, he exhibited at RSW, of which he was a member, and RSA, also RA and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Imperial War Museums and Glasgow Museum and Art Galleries hold his work. Lived for many years in Edinburgh but latterly in Gillingham, Dorset. A E Haswell Miller appears on Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour, where he is commemorated as a captain of the Highland Light Infantry. He was decorated with a miltary cross. If you have any more information, please get in touch.

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Biographical history

George Baltus was a Belgian artist and lecturer born in 1874. Baltus married Sivia von Hildebrand, the daughter of the German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand, in 1904. He began his relationship with the School as an occasional visiting lecturer around 1906. He gave talks to the students on subjects such as composition and the history of art in major cities such as Florence. He was recruited as a permanent member of staff in 1908 and his lecture series developed to include techniques and processes. He released a book during his time at the School called The Technics Of Painting. Baltus returned to Belgium on the outbreak of the First World War where he stayed in active resistance to the German invasion and didn’t return to Glasgow. In 1920, Baltus was appointed professor at the Academy, a position he kept till he left in 1925 for the Acadlmey of Elsene (Ixelles/Brussels). He stayed involved in Leuven affairs as general inspector for art schools in the Belgian Flemish Region. If you have any additional information please get in touch.

Resources used: Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: a journal of nineteenth-century visual culture, The Influence of Theosophy on Belgian Artists, Between Symbolism and the Avant-Garde (1890-1910), The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, The Glasgow School of Art Prospectuses, The Flower and the Green Leaf: Glasgow school of Art in the time of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, edited by Ray McKenzie, The Glasgow School of Art: the history, by Hugh Ferguson, The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, Records of The Glasgow School of Art, 15th century-2014. Additional information provided by a private researcher.

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Donated in 2010 accession reference number Acc 180.

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  • Initial description created by Carrie Skinner, Archives and Colletions Documentation Assistant in 2017, updated by Susannah Waters, Archives and Collections Manager 01/03/2018.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.




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