Records of William Hardie Ltd, Fine Art Consultants and Valuers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of:

Board minutes including company accounts, 1984-1987

Auction catalogues, prices, photographs and item descriptions, 1992-1995

Exhibition records including correspondence, publicity materials and photographs relating to exhibitions of works by Daghani, Nicholas Fairbairn, Brenda Lenachan, Frederick Ost, Kathleen Daly, Frank Lloyd Wright, David Hockney, Dominique Moreau, Constructed Space, Liz Knox, Scott Kilgour and Ray Charles White, Adrian Wiszniewski, past and future exhibitions, 1987-1997

Correspondence with J Reynolds, Honeyman, Hugh Fraser, Nolde, Stephen Lee, Demarco, J Campbell Brady, Wyndham Lewis and other sample files, 1988-1994

Administrative / Biographical History

William Hardie is an acknowledged authority on Scottish painting. Born in 1941, he was educated at Ipswich School, Ipswich, England; Glasgow Academy, Glasgow, Scotland; and Glasgow University, where he read modern languages. He was successively: Research Assistant to the Fine Arts Department of Glasgow University; Keeper of Art and then Deputy Director of the Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, Scotland; he was also Visiting Lecturer in the History of Art in the French department of Dundee University.

He joined Christie's in Scotland and set up the Scottish Pictures Department, which played a major role in the transformation of the international market for Scottish art. He formed William Hardie Ltd , fine art consultants and valuers in Glasgow in 1984, as consultants specializing in Scottish paintings, opening the Washington Gallery in 1986 and the William Hardie Gallery in Glasgow's West Regent Street in 1990.

William Hardie has pioneered the renewed interest in Scottish artists such as Orchardson , the Glasgow School, George Dutch Davidson, the Scottish Colourists, Stanley Cursiter, William McCance and Donald Bain, while the younger contemporary Scottish artists have been selectively presented at his gallery. Peter Howson had his first Glasgow solo exhibition there in 1986.

Hardie has written numerous articles and catalogues and translated the Larousse Dictionary of Modern Art. His books, Scottish Painting: 1937-1939 (1976) and the subsequent Scottish Painting: 1837 to the Present (1990) are widely acclaimed. William Hardie has been a governor of the Glasgow School of Art since 1996.


The material is arranged into series with items generally arranged chronologically within them

Access Information

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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, 18 October 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Updated by Kimberly Sommerville, Archives Assistant, 23 July 2010. 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

Unknown. Immediate source of acquisition was a deposit from William Hardie Ltd in 2001.

Related Material

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