Testimonials written in support of James A Dron

Scope and Content

Collection of testimonials written in support of James A Dron, a former student of Glasgow School of Art. Includes testimonials written by Francis H Newbery, Director of Glasgow School of Art, 1885-1918; Robert L Sutherland, Head Master of Gorbals Art Class; and Allan Gillespie, Secretary of Bonnybridge Art Classes. The collection also includes a letter of application written by Dron for the post of Painting and Still-Life Master at Belfast School of Art in 1901 plus accompanying correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

James A Dron was a day and evening student at Glasgow School of Art from 1887-1891, 1895-1901 and from 1914-15. During his time as a student he won a medal for still life painting and three national prizes (for ornament, details, and shading antique figures). He was awarded an Art Master's Certificate Group 1 and 1st class Certificates for Life, Antique, Anatomy and Painting. He exhibited at Scottish exhibitions from 1892 onwards and became a member of Paisley Institute in 1892. He was employed as an Art Teacher of Bonnybridge Art Classes; as Visiting Teacher of Drawing and Painting at Mount Florida Public School; as Second Master of Gorbals Evening Art Classes and also taught private and sketching classes for ladies. Dron acted as Secretary and Treasurer for the Artist Teacher's Exhibition Society (the Artist Teachers' Exhibition Society was established c1910-1911 in Glasgow, and was open to all who were artist teachers, with its objective being to maintain a high standard of personal work on the part of its members).

Access Information

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

typescript and handwritten documents and 1 photograph

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Michelle Kaye, Archives and Collections Assistant, 13th February 2013. Archives Hub description updated by Michelle Kaye, Archives and Collections Assistant, March 2013.

Conditions Governing Use

Application for permission to quote should be submitted to The Archives and Collections Centre at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Donated to Glasgow School of Art, January 2013.

Related Material

DC 007, Records of the Artist Teachers' Exhibition Society

Geographical Names