Papers of the Ballantine family, students of the glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Notebooks belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet 1930s

Sketchbook belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet 1930s

Sketchbook of Jack Hendry Ballantine 1930s

Sketchbook 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 , c. 1945, Jack Hendry Ballantine , c. 1970, Alice and Jack Ballantine , June 1995.

Correspondence to Alice Nisbet , 4 letters 1938-1995

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ballantine Collection was gifted to the Glasgow School of Art Archive in 1999 by Lewis Ballantine , a student of the School from January 1966 (when he joined the non-diploma class) until 1970. It is comprised of his own works of art such as life drawings, self portraits, design work and sketchbooks, and photographs; as well as sketchbooks and notebooks that belonged to his mother and father.

The work in the collection by Lewis Ballantine form a valuable record of his time at the Glasgow School of Art. They show the development of his work as an artist, and provide us with an example of the type of work that Drawing and Painting students were required to produce during this period.

Lewis Ballantine's mother, Alice Longmuir Nisbet was herself at Glasgow School of Art in the 1930s, and was involved in the Socialist Art Circle . The sketchbooks in this collection also contain works by other members of the group such as Stuart Henderson, Jimmy Morton , James ("Jimmy") Ogilvie , W. C. Thompson and John McLean .

The photographs in the collection picture Alice Longmuir Ballantine and John ("Jack") Hendry Ballantine, and Lewis Ballantine's maternal grandfather, Robert Dow Nisbet .


The material is arranged chronologically

Access Information

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.

Other Finding Aids

An item level list of the collection is available in the search room.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 October 2001. Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 June 2002. Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Held by the Ballantine family. Immediate source of acquisition was a gift from Lewis Ballantine in April 1999.

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