Letter of congratulation to the Glasgow School of Art from John Byrne, artist

Scope and Content

An A4 size letter featuring watercolour paintings commemorating the 150th anniversary of the GSA , 6 January 1995

Administrative / Biographical History

John Byrne (b1940) was a student of the Glasgow School of Art , Glasgow, Scotland, who has gone on to become a successful television and theatre writer, painter and illustrator. In the 1960s and 1970s he produced a number of naive, dream-like paintings influenced by Douanier Rousseau which he signed 'Patrick'. These works reveal great technical mastery and have become symbols of the pop music of the era, especially his portrait of the Beatles painted for The Illustrated Beatles Lyrics . He also painted a portrait of comedian Billy Connolly and produced several influential records sleeves. A master of many styles, Byrne is also a capable still life and portrait painter in a more traditional manner.


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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

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Custodial History

Presented to the Glasgow School of Art on the occasion of its 150th birthday. Transferred to the Glasgow School of Art Archives, March 2000.

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Hugh Ferguson. Glasgow School of Art: The History (Glasgow, 1995), p117

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