Papers of Dugald Sutherland MacColl, 1859-1948, painter, critic and art gallery director

Scope and Content

Some 6,000 letters includes correspondence with many of the leading figures in the literary and artistic world between 1880 and 1940, e.g. W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Lady Gregory, Max Beerbohm, H.G. Wells, Charles Ricketts, Augustus John, Auguste Rodin, Roger Fry and Walter Crane. The archive also includes MacColl's copies of some 70 exhibition catalogues and photocopies of correspondence from D.S. MacColl to Eugnie Sellers, from originals in Girton College, Cambridge.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dugald Sutherland MacColl was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1859  and educated at the Glasgow Academy, University College School, University College London and Lincoln College, Oxford and studied under Frederick Brown, Professor of Fine Art in London. He exhibited regularly with the New English Art Club and worked as an art critic successively on Spectator, Saturday Review, and Week-end Review. He was also editor of Architectural Review between 1901 and 1905 . He was appointed Keeper of the Tate Gallery, London, between 1906 and 1911  and Keeper of the Wallace Collection between 1911 and 1924 . An energetic administrator and controversialist, his publications include Nineteenth Century Art (1902) and a biography of P Wilson Steer. As well as writing poetry he founded the National Art Collections Fund. He died in 1948  .

Source: , iiThe Concise Dictionary of National Biography 1901-1970 (OUP: Oxford, 1982)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Owned by the University of Glasgow


Acquisition Information

Transferred : History of Art : 1970 : ACCN 4591

Gift : 2000 : ACCN 4751

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at searching by the call number MS MacColl

Records for the exhibition catalogues have been added to the main Library at

An unpublished typescript catalogue of the MacColl Papers containing abstracts of the entire correspondence is available in the searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA20977)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 15 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Donated by the family of Dugald MacColl to the History of Art department, University of Glasgow, in 1955


None expected

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Location of Originals

Photocopies of letters from D.S. MacColl to Eugnie Sellers, from originals in Girton College, Cambridge (GB 271)


Maureen Borland, D.S. MacColl: poet, painter, art critic (London, 1995)

Nigel Thorp, Whistler, MacColl, Wright: art history papers, 1850-1950, in Glasgow University Library (Glasgow, 1979)

Geographical Names