Folder GSAA/DIR/10/3 - GSA General Correspondence

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GSAA/DIR/10/3

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GSA General Correspondence

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  • 1943-1944 (Creation)

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1folder.

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G-K. Includes correspondence with: Miss Agnes Gallacher, about the requirements for enrolment into the School of Architecture; D Norman and Miss A C McCredie, Messrs W H Grindley & Co Ltd, about ceramics design and a cheque he has sent to the School; Milner Gray, about his assessing the Design Section in the Scottish Schools; Miss M N Hensman, about a vacant position in St Bride's School; Douglas MacDonald, Glasgow and West of Scotland House Furnishers' Association, about a badge design competition; Sir Hector Hetherington, University of Glasgow, about Glasgow School of Art Comfort Fund; Messrs Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd, about a meeting with Walton to share the latest information on the colour processes connected with block and screen printing; W Kerr, Jordanhill College about a refresher course for art teachers and Article 55 classes.

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

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(1891-1948)

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Allan Walton was born in 1891, in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire and educated at Harrow. He then studied architecture under Arnold Mitchell in London and art at the Westminster School of Art under W.R. Sickert. He also studied at the Slade School and in Paris. Walton was appointed Director of Glasgow School of Art in 1943, probably on W.O. Hutchison's advice. He was already well known at the Glasgow Art School as the external assessor in Textile Design for the four Scottish Art Schools. Walton was popular with staff and students, regularly holding tea-parties for students in the director's rooms and entering into the spirit of student concerts where authority figures like himself were mocked. He had his own successful business in the south of England, Allan Walton Textiles, which produced printed furnishing materials. Their products featured designs by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Frank Dobson, and Walton himself. He also executed commissions for interior decoration, garden design, and designed electric fires and furniture. Allan Walton Textiles' products are considered to be among the finest of their type, and Walton was elected one of the first Royal Designers for Industry. There is an archive of material from Walton's firm in the Archive of Art & Design at the V&A.
Walton had been educated at Harrow. He then studied architecture under Arnold Mitchell in London and art at the Westminster School of Art under W.R. Sickert. He also studied at the Slade School of Art and in Paris. He exhibited widely in Britain and abroad, and lived mainly in London and Shotley, Suffolk. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Textile Design at the Royal College of Art, but became ill and died on 12 September 1948 before he could take up the post.

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