Collection NMC - Art, Design and Architecture collection

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Key Information

Reference code



Art, Design and Architecture collection


  • 13th century to early 21st century (Creation)

Level of description



2607 Items

Content and Structure

Scope and content

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

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • silk 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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


System of arrangement

As acquired.

General Information

Name of creator

(Not available / given)

Biographical history

Archival history

Custodial history

The majority of items originate from The Glasgow School of Art. A number of the earliest pieces in the collection (from the late 19th century onwards) were purchased by the School as important teaching aids. Later examples were added to the collection by means of acquiring work from graduating students. Items are generally bequeathed or donated to the School or purchased by the School. Work is continually being added to this collection, chiefly through gift, donation and bequest, and usually from former students, former staff of the School or their descendants.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.

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Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical Description

Finding aids

Related Material

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related materials

Recent acquisitions to the Art, Design and Architecture collection (NMC) can be found under the reference NMC2 - Recent Acquisitions.

Related descriptions

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Alternative identifier(s)


Place access points

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Administrative Information

Description identifier

GB 1694 NMC

Institution identifier

GB 1694

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition


Level of detail

Processing information

  • Imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, Apr 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



Archivist's note

Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

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