Item NMC/0999 - Self portrait in the studio

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Self portrait in the studio


  • 1960s (Creation)

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This item was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014.

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Jessie Alexandra Dick, later known as Alix Dick, started at Glasgow School of Art in 1914 as a Drawing and Painting day student. She was born on 13 July 1896.
Her address at that time was Netherhall in Largs and she received a £6 bursary from the Ayrshire S.E.C., an education board.
She continued as a Drawing and Painting day student for the subsequent three years.
In January 1915 she helped with Stall 5 in the Belgian Market, part of the Belgium Tryst at The Glasgow School of Art. This was a two-day event with exhibitions, music and shows, organised by students to raise funds for Belgians suffering from the impact of the First World War. Read more about the Belgium Tryst on The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections blog at
In 1916-17 she received a Haldane day school bursary of £12 10 shillings. During this year she did two sessions of embroidery under Miss Ann MacBeth in 1916 and she was awarded the School Certificate for Needlecraft granted by the Governors with a grade of Excellent’. She was a member of the School of Art Club.
In 1917-18 she received a Haldane day school bursary of £12 10 shillings and support (sum unknown) from the Ayrshire S.E.C.
She received her Diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1917-18. During that year she was awarded a maintenance bursary of £50 and won the Life School monthly prize competition.
It appears that she intended to return the next year but her entry in the General Register is scored out and ‘resigned £50 bursary’ written in.
Alix Dick became a member of staff at The Glasgow School of Art, working here from 1922/23 until 1959/60.
While at GSA she served in the following capacities:

  • 1922/23-1924/25: Assistant Professor (Drawing & Painting Dept) Landscape and figure composition, mural & decorative painting, portrait and costume model, painting antique and still life
  • 1925/26 - 1929/30: Lecturer (Drawing & Painting Dept) Drawing, painting, composition
  • 1930/31-1931/32: Drawing & Painting (School of Design) pictorial and commercial art
  • 1932/33: Drawing & Painting (Lower School, general course) drawing, painting, composition
  • 1933/34: Drawing & Painting (Lower School, general course) Still life painting, oil & watercolour
  • 1934/35-1937/38: Drawing & Painting, still life painting, oil & watercolour
  • 1938/39-1959/60: Drawing & Painting lecturer (Drawing & Painting Dept).
    Between 1924 and 1976 she exhibited regularly with the Royal Scottish Academy, and, after her death, five paintings were shown in the 1977 Academy exhibition, lent by her executors.

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Artist's nephew, Ian Wilson-Dick, 16.10.2009.

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oil painting

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