Pamphlet from the Glasgow Art Club Jubilee Dinner, Glasgow, Scotland

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A Retrospective read at the Jubilee Dinner in the Club House, 151 Bath Street , 30 November 1917

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1867 and still existing, the Glasgow Art Club was a gentleman's club created for artists in Glasgow, Scotland, to exhibit together. Close links exist between the Glasgow School of Art and the Club and many formative members were teachers or Governors of the School.

The prime mover behind the formation of the Glasgow Art Club was William Dennistoun; other founder members included Peter S Buchannan, Duncan McLaurin and Robert Munro. In 1978 James Docharty was elected and, at the time, was regarded as being the the leading artistic member. Alexander Kellock Brown, a future President, declared in 1877 that it 'comprises in its membership all the leading artists in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.' Notwithstanding the boast, the Club rejected the applications of James Guthrie, W.Y. MacGregor, E.A. Walton and James Paterson. Archibald McGlashan was only admitted on condition that he formally withdrew 'any statement he had made about the club or any of its members.'

The club moved to its present premises in Bath Street in 1893. John Keppie was engaged as the architect and the two adjoining houses at nos.187 and 191 Bath Street were combined in a scheme which involved the building of the Long Gallery where the gardens were situated at the back. The young architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh is believed to have designed the two fireplaces and the detailing for the doors and ventilators.


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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Archivist, 2000-2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 18 September 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011

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