Item NMC/0445 - Table runner

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Table runner


  • c1885-1910s (Creation)

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White linen and embroidery possibly made by Daisy McGlashan. The design and technique show the influence of Jessie Newbery's teaching. The table runner has the number "1911" printed on one edge in ink which could refer to the year it was made. This item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. Textile conservation was completed in 2019.

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Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968) studied design at GSA from 1898 to 1905 becoming influenced by 'the Glasgow Style'. Her marriage to William Anderson in 1909, and the birth of two daughters between 1910 and 1912, restricted her time for painting and design but she continued to design her own clothes and wrote and illustrated children's stories which were published in newspapers including The Glasgow Herald, The Newcastle Chronicle and The Hexham Courant. She started painting again in her sixties specialising in flower studies in pastels and was elected to the Paisley Art Institute, The Glasgow Society of Women Artists and the Glasgow Fine Art Institute, exhibiting regularly at them all. She continued to paint until her death in August 1968.

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Artist's daughter, Daisy Anderson, 1995.

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White linen embroidered with pink, two shades of green, white and brown floss silk using satin, stem stitches and French knots in a design of stylised flowers, stems and leaves, with a band of drawn threadwork and needlework and needle-weaving at each end. The decorative hem on each side is secured with groups of straight stitches in brown floss silk.

Dimensions: 930 x 250 mm

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