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Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • ilk screen prints
  • lithograph prints
  • prints
  • photographs
  • sketches
  • sketch books
  • drawings
  • watercolours
  • collage
  • metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.

Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.

There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.

Not available / given

Records of The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

  • GSAA
  • Collection
  • 15th century to early 21st century

Includes:

  • Records of the Academic Council, 1973-2000
  • Audiovisual material, c1950s-2000s
  • Records of the Board of Studies, 1932-1950
  • Records of the Continuing Education Department, c1988-2000
  • Records of the Assistant Director and Company Secretary, c1986-2008
  • Records of the Deputy Director, c1946-1993
  • Records of the School of Design, c1979-2001
  • Records of the Development and External Relations Office, c1997-2004
  • Records of the Director, 1846-
  • Records of GSA Enterprises, c1991-2000

[b]Ephemera collection, 1890-[/b]

The School's collection of ephemera includes flyers, programmes and tickets for events at the School, such as plays, fashion shows, charities week events, exhibitions and performances.

  • Records of the Estates Department, c1964-2007
  • Records of the Exhibitions Officer, c1990-1994
  • Records of the School of Fine Art, c1978-1999
  • Records of the Finance Officer, 1870-2000
  • Records of First Year Studies, c1988-2000
  • Records of the Board of Governors, 1847-2007

Key records include:

  • Annual reports, 1847-2000 - The School's annual reports provide information on governors, staff and prizewinning students, and sometimes but not always, a headmaster's or director's report and annual accounts.
  • Building Committee papers, 1883-1949 - Minutes, correspondence, estimates, specifications and financial records relating to the erection of the Mackintosh Building, as well as the School's extension scheme.
  • Records of House for an Art Lover
  • Records of Liberal Studies/Historical and Critical Studies, c1992
  • Records of Information Services, c1900-2004
  • Records of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, c1957-2002

[b]Newspaper cuttings, 1864-[/b]

The School's press cuttings include articles relating to staff and students.

[b]Photographs, c1880s-[/b]

The School's photograph collection provides an excellent record of events at The Glasgow School of Art, its students and their work.

  • Records of the Personnel Office, c1987-2006
  • Records of the Planning Department, 1962-1964
  • Records of the Registrar, c1881-2000

Key records include:

  • tudent records, 1881-1997 - The School's student registers can provide student's names, dates of birth, dates of admission, educational background, addresses, occupations, courses taken and marks and awards gained.

[b]Prospectuses, 1893-1995[/b]

  • The School's prospectuses provide information about staff and governors
  • the organisation and administration of the School
  • ummaries of the School's curriculum
  • individual courses and tutors
  • fees
  • cholarships and bursaries.
  • Records of the School Council, 1969-1982
  • Records of the Secretary and Treasurer, 1853-1996
  • Records of the Senior Management Group
  • Records of the School of Simulation and Visualisation
  • Records of the Staff Council, 1909-1949
  • Records of the Student Support Service

The Glasgow School of Art

Records and textiles of the Needlework Development Scheme

  • NDS
  • Collection
  • 16th century to late 20th century

The collection consists of the surviving papers of the Needlework Development Scheme and over 100 examples of needlework. Of these examples, 28 are from Great Britain and 54 are examples of non-British work including examples from Greece, India, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Bosnia. Items include ecclesiatical, domestic, costume, clothing and modern embroideries, tea cosies, funeral pall, clothing, lace work, wall hangings, samplers, linen work and cushion covers.

The surviving papers include a complete inventory of 1012 items that were part of the Needlework Development Scheme prior to its dispersal in 1961. This provides information on the original numbering scheme used for the needlework examples and also provides information on the provenance of each item, although this is not necessarily the creator of the item but the person from whom the item was received, as well as a description of the item itself. There is an inventory of the parts of the collection received by the Glasgow School of Art, insurance details concerning the collection and the correspondence of the Needlework Development Scheme, 1931-1941.

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.

The Needlework Development Scheme

Plaster Casts

  • PC
  • Collection
  • 19th century-20th century

Collection of plaster casts comprising human figures, architectural fragments, plaster friezes, plaster reliefs, marble reliefs, tondos and busts.

Casts were used as an important teaching aid by the School, from the late 19th century onwards. The casts are generally based on classical statuary and were originally sourced from Greek, Roman and later Italian and medieval periods. Whilst not totally unique (most art schools in the UK and across Europe owned their own collections, purchased from established suppliers in London, Paris etc.), their continued existence within their original setting gives them an added significance. Importantly, the Glasgow School of Art's photographic archive contains many period images of how these casts have been used by staff and students since they were first introduced.

The majority of GSA's plaster cast collection was located in the School's Mackintosh Building at the time of a fire in the building on 23rd May 2014. As a result the majority of the collection suffered damage, of varying degrees, and all casts were subsequently surveyed by a conservator. Six casts were lost in the fire and eleven larger casts have undergone remedial conservation in 2016-17. The majority of the remaining casts have undergone cleaning before being repositioned around GSA's campus during 2019.

Not available / given

Student Notebook, anonymous

  • DC 056
  • Collection
  • [19th century-20th century]

Student Art History notebook, contains mainly writings on Egyptian Art and Architecture, Medieval Christian Art, Flemish Art, English Art. Notebook also contains some illustrations.

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

Not available / given

Artist's scrapbook belonging to J Mylne

  • DC 014
  • Collection
  • c1807-1886

Scrapbook with 218 pages containing works by

  • John Wilson Ewbank (1)
  • J. Finnie (1)
  • Rev. John Thomson of Duddingston (1)
  • Archibald Alison (1)
  • I.M. Donald (14)
  • G. Huntly Gordon (1)
  • John Crawford Brown (5)
  • Robert Maxwell Cooper (19)
  • W. Gordon (2)
  • Andrew MacLure (2)
  • William D. K. Mason (8)
  • and J. Mylne

A list of all entries in the scrapbook, giving the page number:

  • Inside cover bookplate's message: Robb, Glasgow J. Mylne
  • Frontispiece
  • P.1 (i) Tib M'Cauly's Yae Son by Stumps with illustrations [ink, with decorative sketches]
  • P.2 (i-v) Printed etchings, possibly of scenes from novels and decorative vases
  • P.3 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene - shows ruined houses (ii) Rural scene - two men by a tower
  • P.5 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) A street scene, shows houses (poss. continental) (ii) Coastal scene with sea and sky
  • P.7 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Rural scene - lane with houses (ii) Maritime scene - fishing boats on beach with hills behind
  • P.9 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Church/abbey (ii) River valley with fisherman
  • P.11 Two watercolours, unsigned - (i) Fishing boat by harbour (poss. Egyptian) (ii) Woodland, name on back -G. Gower/Gowie
  • P.12 (i) Print of etching, entitled George Cruickshank (ii) Watercolour of Mediterranean scene (i-iv) Cuttings from papers and magazines
  • P.13 (v) Pencil drawing of cottage and ruined tower, signed R. Leslie (vi-vii) Cuttings of etchings
  • P.15 (i-iii) Copies of etchings, including animals, a ruined cathedral and the doorway to the Hall of Eltham Palace
  • P.17 (i) Watercolour of woodland and castle
  • P.19 (i) Ink sketch of three figures, initialed IMD for JMD] (ii) Pencil sketch of buildings & square, initialed WDKM (iii) Pencil sketch of forest and cottage, initialed RMC
  • P.20 (i) Watercolour sketch of head, initialed RMC
  • P.21 (i) Pencil sketch, with slight watercolour, initialed RMC (ii) Watercolour of seascape (on reverse - pencil drawing of a hand holding a rod)
  • P.23 (i) Pencil drawings of figures & heads, given as R.M. Cooper (ii) Watercolour, entitled Lakes of Scotland, signed J. Stenning/ Staining/Sterning [?]
  • P.25 (i) Watercolour and pastels of boat on river, with bridge, unsigned
  • P.27 (i) Prints of crests and coats of arms, D. Gavin, 18 North Bridge (ii) Print of an engraving of Benjamin Franklin, by T. Wright
  • P.29 (i) Pencil sketch of decorative scroll and outline of face (ii) Cuttings from papers and magazines (iii) Print of engraving of Capt. James Cook by T. Wright
  • P.31 (i) Print of engraving (ii) Print of engraving/etching of battle preparation (iii) Watercolour of urn initialed RMC [Bob Cooper written beside]
  • P.33 Watercolour of woman and child, initialed RMC [Also written - 17 Sannay 18..]
  • P.35 (i-v) Prints of engravings and drawings, including stylised figures of animals for scrolls
  • P.37 (i) Pencil sketch of landscape (ii-iv) Prints
  • P.39 (i) Watercolour of boat at sea, signed H. Brolanski [?] (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch, entitled Near Bothwell, unsigned
  • P.41 (i-v) Prints (vi) Pencil sketch of river scene, initialed IMD for JMD]
  • P.43 (i) Watercolour of a town, signed W. Gordon (ii) Print (iii) Watercolour of an urn, initialed RMC
  • P.45 (i) Watercolour of head of a man
  • P.47 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour, entitled The Keep, Avon Water, initialed IMD
  • P.49 (i) Sketch, with watercolour wash, signed Adamo Sveicart (ii) Pencil sketch, with light watercolour, initialed RMC
  • P.51 (i-ii) Prints, (i) -Melrose Abbey (iii) Watercolour of head of a man, initialed IMD
  • P.53 (i) Pencil sketch of head of D. White, by RM Cooper [note by side -David White was a Manufacturer, Princes Square, Buchanan St., Glasgow, c.1842] (ii) Pencil sketch Elskie Elshender, the Black Dwarf's Cottage initialed by IMD (iii) Pencil sketch of a river bank, initialed IMD
  • P.55 (i) Watercolour head initialed J. ME (ii) Watercolour of a studio/attic. Written underneath is "W. Gordon" and "Probably W.D.K. Mason" (iii) Print
  • P.57 (i) Watercolour of two figures, coat of arms and a garden, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch, Near Govan signed J.C. Brown
  • P.59 (i) Watercolour and ink sketch of a town on a riverbank, signed Mason [?] (ii) Pencil and Pastel sketch of soldier in a helmet, signed R. Leslie
  • P.61 (i) Ink sketch, Trossachs (sic), initialed JC.B. (ii) Pencil sketch of a child, initialed RMC (iii) Pencil sketch of a man, signed A. Maclure [note at side - Andrew Maclure & Maclure & Macdonald] (iv) Pencil and watercolour sketch of male figure holding a book, Hutcheson's Hospital, initialed RMC
  • P.62 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC
  • P.63 (i) Pencil sketch of woman, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil and ink sketch of woman, initialed RMC [Written in bottom right corner - 1838 & 1835, Neil/Nell McDougall] (iii) Pencil sketch of man in a room, initialed RMC
  • P.64 (i) Letter to James Robb, Bank of Scotland, Cross Branch, Glasgow From Daniel Marshall [?], 6 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, 28 February 1880
  • Transcript
    dear Sir

I have just returned from London where I have been for a few days, else I should have answered your kind letter sooner. I shall be very happy to receive the balance which you tell me is in your hands, of the sum subscribed for the portrait of Bailie Moir [?] which I painted. I know there was some difficulty in getting up the money at last. Horatio McCulloch was my very intimate friend and I knew R.M., Cooper and Bill Mason and I.M. Donald, very well. Mason was a nephew of the Kembles, his mother being a sister of the great Mrs Siddons. He was a grand heavy looking fellow, but unfortunately took to the bottle and went to the D 1. The last time I saw him was in Tottenham Court road standing against a lampost haranguing a lot of little boys who were evidently bent on mischievous fun with the drunk man, but were awed by the grand Caricature [?] like style of poor Bill. I believe he is dead long ago.

I should very much like to see the Scrap books, and also the portrait of Allan Ramsay, is it Ramsay the father -the Pact [?] s Ramsay the son, the portrait painting.

The first time I'm in Glasgow I'll endeavour to let you know, and perhaps you will kindly show them to me.
Believe me, very truly yours...

  • P. 65 (i) Pencil and ink sketch, dated 1826, initialed by RMC (ii) Ink sketch of man, signed "Yours Presently WKM" (iii) Ink sketch of a harbour, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of easel, jug and painting, signed "Yours Truly, W Mason"
  • P.66 (i) Pencil sketch of a woman, initialed IMD (ii) Ink sketch of a dog and an easel, written on the easel - "A splendid set of pups, mostly black. I would like to see that picture of Duncan's", signed Thomson *P.67 cntd. (iii) Pencil sketch of draped female figure, initialed IMD (iv) Ink sketch of soldier carrying rifle; inset -head of a man, and other inset - landscape, initialed IMD (v) Pencil sketch of man's head, entitled H Lane - Artiste [?], signed IMD
  • P.68 (i) Press cutting from 1 Sep 1930 - "A Little Scottish Diary -The Painting Parson": -Describes the life of John Thomson of Duddingston, 1778-1840, a landscape painter
  • P.69 (i) Pastel sketch for portrait of a man, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of a loch. Written underneath - Mr Thomson, Duddingston
  • P.72 (i) Watercolour of Scottish countryside, signed A. Dunn
  • P.73 (i) Print (ii) Ink sketch of a river valley, initialed J.C.B. (iii) Pencil sketch of Cadzon Forrest, signed J.C. Brown [Note on page - J.C. Brown of Edinburgh]
  • P.77 (i) Watercolour of fisherman, initialed RMC (ii) Print (iii) Pencil sketch of part ruinous building, initialed IM. Noted below - Neidpath Castle (iv) Pencil sketch of 2 men in Scottish costume
  • P.79 (i) Print entitled Chateau de Lismore (i) Pencil sketch with flap on front, initialed IMD (ii) Watercolour of mountainous landscape, signed W. Gordon
  • P.81 (i-ii) Prints of engravings
  • P.83 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of fox and a pheasant, initialed NMG [?] [On reverse - signed James N. Ewen]
  • P.85 (i-ii) Prints
  • P. 87 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.89 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.91 (i) Print (ii)Rough pencil sketch of a cottage [loose]
  • P.93 (i) Print (ii) Watercolour of a tower
  • P.95 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.97 (i) Print
  • P.99 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch of nude [illegible signature]
  • P.101 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.103 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Watercolour of old man's head
  • P.105 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Watercolour portrait, in profile. Inscribed Littlejohn Pirit [?], 1807
  • P.107 (i) Watercolour of trees
  • P.109 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pencil diagram of decorative wall panel, with note below: "The above is a slight idea of what I would suggest for the panels. The grey ground just polished and afterwards painted upon. ICH" (iv) Pencil sketch of interior of a room - "Sevastopolis Drawing-room, Bayswater", signed Duncan Murray [loose]. Verso -pencil sketch of panel (v) Pencil sketch of decorative ceiling with doors and chimney noted
  • P.111 (i-iii) Prints
  • P.113 (i) Ink sketch with watercolour wash of seated woman with two children
  • P.115 (i) Pencil sketch of baby sleeping, entitled Mossman Jnr. Note underneath "done in 1840, now John Mossman. Dec 1886 (ii) Watercolour -landscape [possibly Edinburgh], signed, Kelsey [?]
  • P.117 (i-ii) Prints (iii) Pastel/crayon sketch of landscape, signed J. Finnik
  • P.119 (i & iii) Prints (ii) Pencil sketch of a monument, initialed AMcC [annot. A McClure]
  • P.121 (i) Pencil sketch of panels, showing two churches and a donkey (ii) Pencil and crayon sketch of shepherd with sheep
  • P.123 (i) Pencil sketch entitled A View from near Utrecht in Holland, early 1820 (ii) Watercolour of a bridge over a gorge, signed Ewbank [annot. - the late John Ewbank, RSA]
  • P.125 (i) Pencil sketch of a town, entitles Sketch by the author of Hills of Europe, signed Sir A. Alison (ii) Pencil sketch of factories and workmen [note underneath hartist Meetings, Geo. Forrester]
  • P.127 (i) Pencil and pastel sketch of man, entitled Adolphus Keeste by Macpherson
  • P.129 (i) Print
  • P.131 (i) Pencil sketch of battle scene, signed J. Mason (ii) Print
  • P.133 (i) Watercolour of woman's head, initialed RMC (ii) Pencil sketch of column, with male figure (iii) Watercolour of boats on a river, passing under a bridge, signed W. Gordon
  • P.135 (i) Pencil sketch of mythical scene
  • P.137 (i) Pencil sketch of street scene [noted above - College Open, High St., Glasgow]
  • P.139 (i) Print of Robert Bums, d.1859 (ii) Pencil sketch of seated nude male, initialed IMD [?]
  • P.141 (i) Pencil sketch of river, with fishermen in foreground
  • P.143 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage with cow in foreground, initialed RMC [?]
  • P.144 (i) Watercolour entitled Loch Long, signed J.C. Brown
  • P.147 (i & ii) Pencil drawings of leaves. Noted underneath freehand "Design, John Milne, St. Enoch's School 1854"
  • P.149 (i) Pencil sketch of forest glade, with a deer in centre
  • P.151 (i) Watercolour of village with castle
  • P.153 (i) Watercolour of ruined tower. Numbered 1322, initialed GG, 1823
  • P.155 (i) Watercolour of Loch Tay
  • P.157 (i)Watercolour of figures, signed WDK Mason
  • P.158 (i) Print
  • P.159 (i) Pencil and ink sketch entitled South east side of Dumbarton castle looking up the Clyde, signed RM Cooper
  • P.160 (i) Watercolour entitled Castle Carrick, Loch Long, 182..
  • P.163 (i) Watercolour of building in forest, entitled at Woodside
  • P.165 (i) Print of Sir Robert Peel P.166 P.169
  • P.166 (i) Pastel and Pencil sketch of hillside
  • P.169 (i)Watercolour/crayon [?] of bridge, initialed GG, 1813. Noted by side - G. Gordon, Partick Bridge, erected by Crawford
  • P.171 (i) Pencil sketch of woodland glade, signed RM Cooper
  • P.173 (i) Print
  • P.177 (i) Print
  • P.179 (i) Print (ii) Pencil sketch od a landscape, initialed WDKM
  • P.181 (i) Print
  • P.182 (i) Pencil sketch of cottage (ii) Print
  • P.184 (i) Print
  • P.191 (i) Tracing of moulding showing floral and leaf design [loose]
  • P.195 (i) Pencil sketch of Egyptian Mummy Case with details of colours, design, etc. [loose]
  • P.197 (i) Watercolour of landscape
  • P.199 (i-ii) Prints
  • P.201 (i) Print
  • P.203 (i) Print
  • P.205 (i) Pencil sketch of house and gardens entitled Burnside.. Verso ketch of mill [possibly child's drawing] [Loose]
  • P.207 (i) Watercolour of flowers. Verson - "JJ Milne from his father, 1852 [Loose]
  • P.208 (i) Pencil sketch of man, signed J. Milne, 1833. Also written - Jas. Milne, 1833
  • P.209 (i) Pencil sketch (as above), signed John Mylne, 1857
  • P.211 (i) Writing Paper from Somerset House, with decorative print of Somerset House, d. 1 June1842 [Loose] (ii) Pencil drawing of flower [tulip?], signed James McLachlan, 1 Mar 1853 [Loose]
  • P. 212 (i) Watercolour landscape, entitled 28 Sept, Ochils, 1854 [?]. Written below - G. Gordon
  • P.214 (i) Watercolour landscape. Written below - W. Jordon
  • Loose at Back - (i) Trace for etching (ii) Pencil sketch of cottages entitled No.5 Free Sketch, signed JH Mylne, 1865 (iii) Pencil and pastel sketch of large building (chateau-like) with statues on roof, signed JH Mylne, 1864
  • Back leaf (i) Pencil and crayon drawing of Biblical scene [?], signed Jai/Jas/Jac Pynas/Binas [?]

Mylne, J

Papers of Henry Young Alison, artist and Interim Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 021
  • Collection
  • 1805-1972

This collection contains:

  • Family papers, 1805-1889;
  • Wartime records, 1914-1916;
  • Lectures and speeches, c1930-1950;
  • Photographs; c20th century;
  • Miscellaneous papers, c1930-1972;
  • ketchbooks and drawings; c20th century.

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.

Alison, Henry Young

Photographs by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

  • HA
  • Collection
  • c1830s-1840s

The collection constists of 4 volumes containing 29 portrait carbon prints and 90 calotype prints by Hill and Adamson. The images are mainly portraits but also include some scenes of Edinburgh. Some of the portraits within the collection are of Hill and Adamson themselves and members of their families. In addition to this material, there is a volume (volume 5) of 50 photographic carbon prints printed by Jessie Bertram, Rose Street, Edinburgh in 1916 from original negatives by David Octavius Hill's and then published by Andrew Elliot, Princess Street, Edinburgh. These images consist mainly of portraits with a small number of photographs of Edinburgh included. A further 7 loose photographs also exist.

This collection is unfortunately too fragile for users to handle, however the material has been fully digitized and is available to view online both via this catalogue and on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsalib/sets/72157623414969565/

Hill, David Octavius

Stoddard-Templeton Carpet and Textile Collection

  • DC 077
  • Collection
  • c1840s-1960s

A collection of carpets and textiles manufactured by James Templeton & Co Ltd, A F Stoddard & Co Ltd or subsidiary companies (which in 1998 together became known as Stoddard International plc), dating from c1840s-1960s. Designs include pictorial scenes, art deco designs, and floral, chintz or medallion-centred designs. The collection also includes a mid-19th century Paisley shawl.

Stoddard International plc

Paisley Shawl Designs II

  • DC 080
  • Collection
  • 1840s-1850s

A collection of 6 mounted boards with hand-drawn, hand-painted designs for shawls, featuring the Kashmir cypress cone or 'Paisley' pattern.

Paisley Shawl Designs

  • DC 039
  • Collection
  • 1840s-1850s

A collection of 27 mounted boards with hand-drawn designs for shawls, featuring the Kashmir cypress cone or 'Paisley' pattern.

Mackie, Thomas Callendar Campbell

The Duncan Brown Photographic Collection

  • DB
  • Collection
  • 1853-1896

The collection consists of 305 photographs taken between 1853 and 1896. Sitters included local dignitaries, friends and family including John Brown, Queen Victoria's Ghillie. The collection also includes landscapes and the streets of Glasgow, particularly around the Pollokshields area on the south side of the city. Other subjects include ships, ship yards and stately houses.

Brown, Duncan

Papers of the Anderson family, students at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 022
  • Collection
  • 1860-1969

The Anderson family archive includes material of 5 of its members, namely the sisters Violet Meikle (1873-?), Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968), Daisy's husband William Smith Anderson (1877-1929) and their two daughters Daisy M Anderson (1910-1996) and Agnes Violet Neish (nee Anderson) (c1912-2005).

The Anderson Family archive contains family papers, sketchbooks, photographs and letters from 1860 to 1969.

The archive contains a number of sketchbooks kept by family members. Those belonging to the women contain flower drawings and schemes for ornamentation whilst William Anderson's books reflect his life as a commercial traveller for an ironfounder's firm and contain scenes from London and elsewhere, as well as technical drawings and plans. As many of the members of Daisy Anderson's family attended the Glasgow School of Art, the collection throws light on the work of the School from the 1880s-1950s.

Additionally the collection includes correspondence, newscuttings and photographs. Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Some of this material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014, and has since undergone conservation.

Anderson, Agnes Violet

Papers of Jessie Keppie, artist and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 004
  • Collection
  • 1868-1913

Collection includes:

  • Menus and dinner invitation to artistic gatherings with a sketch by James E Christie
  • London Sketch Club ephemera including menus, invitations, cards with sketches by Shepperson, W Lee Hank, Rene Butt and Jock Bere, 1902-1906
  • F. Carruthers Gould ephemera containing invites to private views
  • tudies for Pictures by J Moyr Smith, 1868
  • Information on John Burnet, Architect, 1814-1901
  • Photograph album, c1893

The photograph album contains photographs of "The Immortals", including Jessie Keppie, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair, Frances Macdonald, Margaret Macdonald and others of their circle.

The Moyr Smith sketches are from Moyr Smith's first published book Studies in Pictures. Smith trained in Glasgow, becoming influenced by Alexander Thomson and Daniel Cottier, moving to London in 1864.

Of great importance in this collection is a sketchbook of drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The sketchbook, dating from the 1890s, consists of 19 drawings of flowers, furniture sketches, and interior sketches of Craigie Hall, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Keppie, Jessie

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection

  • GST
  • Collection
  • Late 19th century-mid 20th century

Collection of items related to the Glasgow based firm J. Giusti & Co. which specialized in the production of plaster figures, mould making, statuary repair, and other plaster work. The collection is primarily composed of plaster busts and portraits, six moulds, and two medals. The casts and moulds are formed after a range of sculptural styles including ancient Greek and Roman, French Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and 19th century anatomical studies.

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection highlights mould making and casting processes that were used to produce objects for retail and to repair existing plaster casts. Records from The Glasgow School of Art document purchases and repairs from J. Giusti & Co. from as early as 1890, and casts related to those in the collection were widely used as teaching and learning tools at the GSA through at least mid-20th century.

As most of the items in the collection were used in commercial casting processes, very few items have a plain white, white washed, or decoratively painted surface that are often observed in plaster cast collections. Many of the plaster casts and all of the plaster moulds are widely covered with uneven layers of shellac that appear yellow, red, or brown. Shellac was applied as a sealant and resist agent to prevent existing plaster elements from sticking to fresh plaster elements during the casting process.

In addition to the plaster casts and plaster moulds, several items provide further insights into the material processes employed by J. Giusti & Co. Two medals (likely bronze) showcase the company's involvement with mould making for metal casting, and a gelatine mould is a surviving example of a traditional process used to produce detailed casts in small quantities.

Proudfoot, Alexander

Records of Donald Brothers Ltd, linen, canvas and furnishing fabric manufacturers, Dundee, Scotland

  • DC 037
  • Collection
  • c1888-1950s

This collection consists of educational certificates, weavers note books, an index to sample books, Old Glamis Fabrics stitch books and sample books of Jacquard textiles. These were generated for Donald Brothers Ltd by N & N Lockhart & Sons, flax, hemp and tow spinners, net and twine manufacturers of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, under a friendship agreement.

There are 68 sample books of Jacquard textiles. There are also 5 notebooks giving the patent and colour numbers for each design. There is a final notebook that gives a list of the patent numbers for the designs of the fabrics.

N & N Lockhart & Sons Ltd

The Scottish Art and Design Collection

  • DC 008
  • Collection
  • 1881-1993

This personal collection, incorporating the Collections of National Society for Education in Art and Design Scottish Region, was deposited by Stuart W MacDonald, Senior Advisor for Strathclyde Region Educational Development Service, in February 1995.

It comprises material from various educational committees and forums with which he was associated, together with the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum item bank, an art projects resource bank for schools. The collection also includes a small number of books from Arthur MacMorland, a leading exponent of Children's Art in Scotland, and former student of Glasgow School of Art.

This includes:

  • The material is arranged into 6 sub-fonds:
  • GSA DC 08/1: 5-14 Expressive Arts (Review and Development Group 4)
  • GSA DC 08/2: Consultative Committee on the Curriculum
  • GSA DC 08/3: Media Education in Picture and Sound
  • GSA DC 08/4: National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) Scottish Region
  • GSA DC 08/5: Strathclyde Department of Education, Dumbarton Division: Study Packs
  • GSA DC 08/6: Arthur MacMorland's Library

Materials include teachers notes, study packs, examples of the kind of work produced in the schemes and teaching aids.

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

MacDonald, Stuart W

Mackintosh Art, Design and Architecture Collection

  • MC
  • Collection
  • c1891-2018

Items in The Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh collection include: furniture, watercolours, drawings, architectural drawings, design drawings, sketchbooks, metalwork and photographs.

The majority of Mackintosh's three-dimensional work was created with the help of a small number of patrons within a short period of intense activity between 1896 and 1910. Francis Newbery was headmaster of The Glasgow School of Art at the time and was supportive of Mackintosh's ultimately successful bid to design a new art school building, in 1896 - his most prestigious undertaking. For Miss Kate Cranston he designed a series of Glasgow tearoom interiors and for the businessmen William Davidson and Walter Blackie, he was commissioned to design large private houses, 'Windyhill' in Kilmacolm and 'The Hill House' in Helensburgh. In Europe, the originality of Mackintosh's style was quickly appreciated and in 1900 he was invited to participate at the 8th Vienna Secession.

In 1902 Mackintosh was invited to participate at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin and later at exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin. Despite this success Mackintosh's work met with considerable indifference at home. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his 'total design' of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

By 1914 Mackintosh had despaired of ever receiving true recognition in Glasgow and together with his wife Margaret Macdonald he moved, temporarily, to Walberswick on the Suffolk Coastline (in England), where he painted many fine flower studies in watercolour. In 1915 the Mackintoshes settled in London and for the next few years Mackintosh attempted to resume practice as an architect and designer. The designs he produced at this time for textiles, for the 'Dug-out' Tea Room in Glasgow and the dramatic interiors for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England show him working in a bold new style of decoration, using primary colours and geometric motifs.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France, finally living in Port Vendres where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.

The majority of Mackintosh's design work, (including furniture and metalwork), architectural drawings, textile designs and watercolours are in the possession of three public collections - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Museums, and the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow - although significant (individual) pieces can be found in museums across the UK and Europe, North America and Japan. However, some of Mackintosh's most important, symbolist watercolours from the early to mid-1890s are to be found in the collection of The Glasgow School of Art.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

The George and Cordelia Oliver Archive

  • DC 066
  • Collection
  • c1897-2001

The George and Cordelia Oliver Archive consists of:

  • Newscuttings (featuring articles by Cordelia Oliver)
  • photographs and negatives by George Oliver
  • personal papers
  • examples of artwork by Cordelia and George Oliver, various publications
  • posters relating to cultural events in Glasgow and Scotland.

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.

Oliver, Cordelia

Examples of Mackintosh Fabric

  • DC 020
  • Collection
  • c1900-1986
  • Trimming of mauve linen, pre-1914
  • Original cover of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms settle
  • 4 samples of horse hair fabric
  • ample of purple fabric used to re-upholster Charles Rennie Mackintosh yellow settle
  • Letter from GSA Curator regarding 2 of the fabric samples, dated January 1986

Papers of the Ballantine family, students at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 025
  • Collection
  • c1900-1995

Collection includes:

  • Notebooks belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet, 1930s
  • ketchbook belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet, 1930s
  • ketchbook of Jack Hendry Ballantine, 1930s
  • ketchbook of Alice Longmuir Nisbet, includes sketches from other members of the Socialist Art Circle, 1936
  • "Dun Breatann" Sketchbook of Lewis Ballantine, 1966
  • "History of Costume" Sketchbook of Lewis Ballantine, 1967
  • Photographs of Robert Dow Nisbet, Alice Nisbet, c1945, Jack Hendry Ballantine c1970, Alice and Jack Ballantine, June 1995.
  • Correspondence to Alice Nisbet, 4 letters, 1938-1995

Ballantine, John Hendry

Papers of Jane Richards and Fiona Jean Paton, students of The Glasgow School of Art

  • DC 083
  • Collection
  • c1908-1980s

This collection relates to Jane Richards and her granddaughter Fiona Jean Paton who both studied at The Glasgow School of Art.

It includes:

  • An artist’s palette owned by Jane Richards, c1910
  • a small box of watercolour paints owned by Jane Richards, early 20th century
  • a portrait drawn by Jane Richards, c1908-1910
  • a photograph of Jane Richards, c1914-1918
  • a photograph of Jane Richards' husband in uniform, c1914-18
  • two watercolour landscapes by Jane Richards, 1907 and 1911
  • even prints produced by The Dux Engraving Co Ltd, early 20th century
  • two portraits drawn by Robert Eadie, c1909
  • three sketchbooks for product design furniture by Fiona Jean Paton, early 1980s
  • eight photographs and eleven slides relating to product design furniture, early 1980s.

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

One item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014 and was conserved in 2018-19.

Richards, Jane

Testimonials written in support of James A Dron

  • DC 081
  • Collection
  • 1896-1901

Collection of testimonials written in support of James A Dron, a former student of Glasgow School of Art.

Includes:

  • testimonials written by Francis H Newbery, Director of Glasgow School of Art, 1885-1918
  • Robert L Sutherland, Head Master of Gorbals Art Class
  • and Allan Gillespie, Secretary of Bonnybridge Art Classes.

The collection also includes a letter of application written by Dron for the post of Painting and Still-Life Master at Belfast School of Art in 1901 plus accompanying correspondence.

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

Newbery, Francis Henry

Papers of William R Hunter

  • DC 011
  • Collection
  • 1896-1967

Collection includes:

  • Diary written while travelling on Keppie Scholarship, 1913-1914
  • Collection of 250 postcards of European cities, paintings, sculptures collected on tour, 1913-1914
  • 12 ink sketches of Childe Ronald's Pilgrimage by TWYM (aka A.S. Boyd), n.d.
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • Illustrations

The collection also includes original illustrations drawn by A S Boyd (aka TWYM) and Stephen Reid, both noted Scottish illustrators.

Additional uncatalogued material includes

  • x 6 photographs
  • x1 GSA practical notes on materials for painting
  • x1 diploma for May Jackson
  • x1 diploma scroll for William Reid Hunter

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

Hunter, William R

Records of the Scottish Society of Art Workers

  • DC 001
  • Collection
  • 1898-1901

This collections contains:

  • A notebook containing the constitution and rules of the society signed by its members
  • Printed version of the constitution and rules, c1898
  • Minute book, 1898-1900
  • Letter from John Keppie to Fra. Newbery re: the Glasgow School of Art receiving a copy of the constitution and rules, 1901

Keppie, John

Textile work by GSA students and staff

  • TSW
  • Collection
  • 20th century

Textile work by Glasgow School of Art students and staff, including examples of woven textiles, some of which are most likely to be submissions for degree shows, while others seem to be submissions for an RSA Bursary Competition. Some creators are known, others are yet to be identified.

Blackwood, Jilli

Papers of Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidery at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 029
  • Collection
  • c1909-1996

A collection of Kath Whyte's personal papers which comprises:

  • Family papers, press cuttings and photographs, c1909-1981
  • chool certificates, c1922
  • Correspondence, 1927-1996
  • Early sketches and drawings, 1920s
  • ketchbooks, notebooks, photographs and correspondence from Gray's School of Art, c1922-1947
  • Personal correspondence, 1922-1996
  • National Identification Card, 1943
  • Travel diary, c1940s
  • Lecture notes, sketchbooks and notebooks, 1948-1974
  • Assorted textile samples, sketch books and notebooks, 1950s-1970s
  • Examples of weaving by Kath Whyte and her pupils, c1950s-1970s
  • Diaries 1974-1988 and miscellaneous books owned by Kath Whyte
  • Photographs (professional and personal), 1909-1996
  • MBE medal and associated correspondence and photograph
  • Extensive collection of undated slides
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • Textile and design pieces, c1930s-1970s

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.

Whyte, Helen Kathleen R

Lecture Notes from Scottish Architect James Salmon

  • DC 055
  • Collection
  • c1909

Notebook containing lecture notes and a letter to James Salmon from Frances Newbery. Also includes several sheets of notes on loose paper.

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

Salmon, James

Papers of Archibald Haswell Miller

  • DC 098
  • Collection
  • 1908-1936

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.

Miller, Archibald E Haswell

Papers of James Black Fulton, architect, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and Director of The Glasgow School of Architecture, Scotland

  • DC 017
  • Collection
  • 1909-1912

The papers listed here are the records of three private commissions undertaken by James Fulton between 1909 and 1912, while he was resident in London. The papers include correspondence with the clients, builders and tradesmen. There are rough plans only for the house for F. Hall Gibson, who appears to have been a friend of Fulton's family.

Fulton, James Black

Art and design work by Rose Valentine

  • DC 113
  • Fonds
  • c1915
  • 3 x decorated leather bags
  • 1 x embossed leather sample
  • 1 decorated leather folder
  • 1 x copy of Le Cuir Compositions Décoratives by Jehan Raymond
  • 6 x oil paintings
  • 2 x embroidered pieces relating to Educational Needlecraft scheme: 1 mat with running stitch border and 1 drawstring bag with running stitch border
  • 1 x embroidered pin cushion
  • 1 x embroidered cloth bag with wooden clasp
  • 1 x square Glasgow Style embroidery (possibly the front of a cushion cover)
  • 1 x sachet decorated with embroidered flowers
  • 1 x embroidered square mat

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

Valentine, Rose

Records of the Artist Teachers' Exhibition Society, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 007
  • Collection
  • 1911-1916
  • Draft constitution and rules, c1910-1911
  • Notice of meeting to determine final constitution, c1910-1911
  • Catalogue for exhibition, c1910-1916
  • Catalogue for Third Annual Exhibition, 1914
  • Invite to Private View of Third Annual Exhibition, 1914
  • Invite to Third Annual Exhibition, 1914
  • Invite to Fourth Annual Exhibition, 1915
  • Reminder of Art Union sale, 1916

Dron, James Alexander

Records of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia Architects

  • GKC
  • Collection
  • c1917-1987

The collection consists of job files, photographs, architectural drawings and plans for projects undertaken by the architectural firm of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia between c1933 and 1987. There are also general office files containing correspondence, account papers, ephemera and artefacts.

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.

Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

Calligraphy work by Dorothy Doddrell

  • DC 094
  • Collection
  • c1920s

This collection includes:

  • 1 small chalk drawing
  • 4 x photographs
  • 7 x loose samples of calligraphy
  • 1 folio of calligraphy

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

Doddrell, Dorothy Maria F

Notes of James McIntosh Patrick, artist and student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 049
  • Collection
  • 1924-1928

These notes are Patrick's own writings but have been copied out by his daughter due to the original notes being illegible. The notes describe his time at Glasgow School of Art and include descriptions on societies (i.e. The Dramatic Society) as well as the etching workshop and studio spaces.

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

Patrick, James McIntosh

Papers of Garcia Hunter, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 072
  • Collection
  • c1930s-1960s

Includes:

  • fashion and jewellery sketches and illustrations
  • product catalogues for companies such as McDonalds Ltd, Watt Brothers and Whitneys Ltd featuring Garcia Hunter's fashion illustrations
  • newscuttings featuring advertisements using Garcia Hunter's illustrations
  • annotated photographs of Garcia Hunter
  • correspondence.

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.

Hunter, Garcia

Papers of Sidney Wesley Birnage

  • DC 100
  • Collection
  • c1930s

This collection includes:

  • 1 x brochure for Houses by Lanarkshire Builders Ltd (S. W. Birnage as consultant architect), not dated [post war]
  • 1 x thesis ‘The Foreign Influence on Scottish Architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries’, May 1937
  • 1 x bound volume of student notes

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

Sidney Wesley Birnage

Papers of John Hinshelwood, architect and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 023
  • Collection
  • 1927-1929

This collection contains architectural sketches that formed part of John Hinshelwood's training as a student at The Glasgow School of Art.

These include:

  • The Doric Order, 1926
  • Time sketch for a Perfume Shop, Park Lane, Stranraer, Scotland, 1927-1928
  • Design for a Garden Pavilion, 1927-1928
  • Design for a pavilion. 0.5 inch detail, 1927-1928
  • A Memorial to a Statesman, 2 copies, c1920s

Hinshelwood, John

Lectures by Francis Lorne

  • DC 079
  • Collection
  • 1930-1948

Collection of typewritten notes for lectures on architecture by Francis Lorne of Burnet, Tait & Lorne.

Lorne, Francis

Sketchbooks belonging to Jean H Irwin, student at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 015
  • Collection
  • 1931-1956

This collection contains:

  • ketchbook - pencil drawings: landscape and portrait [15 folios], 1931-1932
  • ketchbook - pencil drawings: landscape and portrait [15 folios], 1933
  • ketchbook - pencil drawings: landscape and portrait [8 folios], 1936-1937
  • ketchbook - pencil drawings: landscape and portrait, sketches of costume [38 folios], 1938
  • ketchbook - generally portraits [46 folios], 1940-1965

Irwin, Jean H

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