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Poster for a performance of 'Le Dieu Nusku' and 'Narcissius'
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This poster advertised two dramatic performances of 'Le Dieu Nusku' and 'Narcissius' which were produced by Miss Dorothy Carleton Smyth and performed by students at The Glasgow School Of Art. The performances were in aid of raising funds for a war memorial to honour students and staff who served or were killed in action in World War One. The memorial was eventually commisioned in 1925 and was designed by former student Dorothy Doddrell. The image on the poster is a stone lithograph drawing by Maurice Greiffenhagen who was a tutor at The Glasgow School Of Art from 1906 until 1926. The reverse of the poster is annotated with the words "See Box".
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This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.
Name of creator
Maurice Grieffenhagen (15 Dec 1862-26 Dec 1931) was a painter of portraits and idyllic subjects, and a poster designer, decorator and illustrator, born in London, of Baltic German descent. he entered the R.A. Schools 1878; and won the Armitage Medal and other awards. From 1887 he was much engaged in book illustration, particularly for Rider Haggard's novels and for periodicals. He was influenced by Rossetti and the Venetians. He exhibited at the R.A., chiefly portraits, from 1884; A.R.A. 1916, R.A. 1922, and also exhibited at Munich, Dresden, Ghent and elsewhere. He taught at Glasgow School of Art 1906-1929. He decorated the British Pavilions for the Paris Exhibition 1925 and Antwerp 1930, but died in London the following year.
Greiffenhagen was appointed as Professor of the Life Classes (with responsibility for Drawing and Painting, Composition and so on) in 1906 and retired from the School in 1929. Greiffenhagen worked at the School for six months of every year. He kept a house in London and visited GSA when necessary to set work and check the progress of his students, leaving much of the actual teaching in the hands of his assistant professors, David Forrester Wilson and others. Greiffenhagen had to be present for examinations, the end of the year diploma show and at other formal occasions but for the most part he was allowed plenty of time to himself to ensure that his own career as an artist did not suffer. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1922 at the same time as another GSA staff member Robert Anning Bell, and a luncheon was held for School staff to celebrate the occasion.
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Stone lithograph done in one layer of black ink on paper.
Dimensions: 556 x 425 mm
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GB 1694 GSAA/EPH/10/186
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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition
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