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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

Photographs

Includes photographs collected by Alexander McGibbon, Charles Edward Whitelaw, and Eugene Bourdon. Also includes collection of cloud studies, copies of George Henry works, and miscellaneous photographs.

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

Plaster cast of King and Queen Column (Royal Portal Chartres Cathedral)

  • PC/031
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 15th June 2018.

Original: Also known as the Porte Royale, the West Portal was carved by 1150. The sculptures and reliefs were modelled on those in the triple west portal at St. Denis and at Chartres Cathedral.

Plaster cast of Gothic capital

  • PC/120
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Bears "Commission Royale Belge Atelier du Moulage Bruxelles" maker's stamp.

Commission Royale Belge Atelier du Moulage Bruxelles

Plaster cast of section of architrave with vines and eagle in clipeus

  • PC/159
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Original: Lorenzo Ghiberti, 1452. Bronze. Gates of Paradise, Baptistry di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy. Currently in the collection of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy. In 2019, this item was conserved and now includes a central fragment, which was originally catalogued as a separate cast (PC/187).

Not available / given

Plaster cast of architectural fragment with leaf ornament

  • PC/115
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Probably from an arcitrave. Oval shapes with decorative leaves. Bears "Musée de Sculpture Comparée du Trocadero, Paris, 1910" maker's stamp. Annotated "352" (carved).

Musée de Sculpture Comparée du Trocadero, Paris

Plaster cast of Corinthian capital with stylised acanthus

  • PC/139
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

The Corinthian order is the most richly carved of all the orders. According to the architectural historian Vitruvius, the column was created by the sculptor Callimachus, probably an Athenian, who drew acanthus leaves growing around a votive basket. Annotated "R. 24D".

Not available / given

Plaster cast of spandrel

  • PC/152
  • Item
  • Mid 19th century-early 20th century
  • Part of Plaster Casts

Original: Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London, UK.

Not available / given

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