Art, Design and Architecture collection

Scope and Content

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.
Items include
* oil paintings
* ilk screen prints
* lithograph prints
* prints
* photographs
* sketches
* sketch books
* drawings
* watercolours
* collage
* metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.
Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.
There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.


As acquired.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The majority of items originate from The Glasgow School of Art. A number of the earliest pieces in the collection (from the late 19th century onwards) were purchased by the School as important teaching aids. Later examples were added to the collection by means of acquiring work from graduating students. Items are generally bequeathed or donated to the School or purchased by the School. Work is continually being added to this collection, chiefly through gift, donation and bequest, and usually from former students, former staff of the School or their descendants.

Archivist's Note

* Imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, Apr 2014.
* Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.

Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

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Appraisal Information

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

Related Material

Recent acquisitions to the Art, Design and Architecture collection (NMC) can be found under the reference NMC2 - Recent Acquisitions.

Additional Information


GB 1694 NMC

GB 1694