Garcia Hunter illustrations

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Includes: fashion and jewellery sketches and illustrations; product catalogues for companies such as McDonalds Ltd, Watt Brothers and Whitneys Ltd featuring Garcia Hunter's fashion illustrations; newscuttings featuring advertisements using Garcia Hunter's illustrations; annotated photographs of Garcia Hunter; correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Garcia Hunter was a student at Glasgow School of Art from 1923-1927. Following graduation, she spent two years working in advertising in London before setting up her own studio at 65 West Regent Street in the 1930s. Following her marriage in 1941 and the birth of her daughter in 1944, she took a break from her career. In 1947, Hunter returned to work, working from a studio in her own home. Drawing illustrations for the Daily Record, The Bulletin (which was sister paper to The Herald) and the Daily Express, she also carried out advertising work which appeared in the Evening Times and the Evening Citizen. Hunter also won numerous advertising commissions from clients including department stores like McDonald's, Frasers and Watt Brothers, furriers like Whitneys and Morrisons and ladies outfitters including Pettigrew's and Daily's, sketching wedding dresses and lingerie for posters and brochures. She was perhaps best known for her Garcia Girl page, which was the brainchild of then-Daily Record editor Alistair Dunnet. She would go out to functions on a Friday night and then draw the best frock of the night and write her copy over the course of the weekend. Women would buy the paper on a Monday to see who had been chosen as that week's Garcia Girl. She said that the last drawing she did before the deadline came out the best, as the deadline gave her an edge. It was unusual for a woman to do what she did at that time. She continued working into her 80s, and died in 1990.

Source: Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since World War II (Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art, 2012).

Arrangement

Material has been arranged into five series: sketches and illustrations; catalogues and flyers; newscuttings; photographs, correspondence.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Includes product catalogues, illustrations, photographs, newscuttings and correspondence.

Archivist's Note

Collection listed by K Wallwork. Descriptions imported from Excel spreadsheet and edited by Michelle Kaye, GSA Archives and Collections Assistant, 16th November 2012. Archives Hub description updated by Michelle Kaye, Archives and Collections Assistant, 11th January 2013.

Appraisal Information

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

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