Records of the Glasgow Dilettanti Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books of the Society and of the Lottery Committee; Laws of the Society; Treasurer's book; Cash receipt books for exhibitions; Incoming letter book; Exhibition catalogues; Catalogue of books etc belonging to the Society; Library loans record; Robert Burns letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Dilettanti Society was formed in 1825 as a society for the improvement of the fine arts. Membership was restricted to painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and etchers, or men professing taste and critical knowledge in one or other of these branches. The Society organised regular exhibitions and built up a library for the use of members. Many of the leading artists of the day corresponded with the Society and entered their works for exhibition. Although the Society had its own premises in Buchanan Street for a time, latterly it operated from the Andersonian buildings. The Society came to an end in 1843.

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Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: October 2007.

Related Material

Dilettanti Collection in Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde- books belonging to the Society

GB 243 TD68 Correspondence of Glasgow Dilettanti Society, in Glasgow City Archives