Glasgow School of Art

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NEWBERY, Francis H. (died 1946), Emeritus Director of the Glasgow School of Art

KNOX, John (1936 - 2015), Head of Painting Studios, Glasgow School of Art, 1981–92

REID, Seona (Elizabeth) (born 1950), Director, Glasgow School of Art, 1999–2013

BARNES, Harry (Jefferson) (1915 - 1982), Director (Principal), Glasgow School of Art, 1964–80

REVEL, John Daniel (1884 - 1967), Director Glasgow School of Art, 1925–32; Headmaster, Chelsea School of Art, 1912–24

SHANKS, W(illiam) Somerville (1864 - 1951), teacher of drawing and painting, Glasgow School of Art, 1910–39

ARMOUR, William (1903 - 1979), RGI 1977; painter; formerly Head of Drawing and Painting, School of Art, Glasgow, retired

MILLER, John (1911 - 1975), Senior Lecturer (Drawing and Painting), Glasgow School of Art, since 1972 (Lecturer, 1944–72)

MacCALLUM, Charles Hugh Alexander (1935 - 2013), Professor of Architecture, Glasgow University, and Head, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, 1994–2000, then Emeritus Professor; architect in private practice, since 1973

DONALDSON, David Abercrombie (1916 - 1996), RGI 1977; painter; Head of Painting School, Glasgow School of Art, 1967–81; Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland, since 1977

ROBERTSON, James Downie (1931 - 2010), Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Drawing and Painting), 1975–96, Painter in Residence, 1996–98, Glasgow School of Art

CLARKE, John Smith (1885 - 1959), Member of Glasgow Corporation, 1926–56; JP for County and City of Glasgow; Member Clyde Navigation Trust, Government Board Glasgow School of Art; lecturer and journalist; Member of Royal Commission of Fine Arts, Scotland, since 1930; Vice-Pres., Zoological Society of Glasgow

ARMOUR, Mary Nicol Neill (1902 - 2000), RGI 1977 (Vice-President, 1982; Hon. President, 1983); Teacher of Still Life, Glasgow School of Art, 1952–62 (Hon. Life President, 1982)


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Art school founded in 1840 as the School of Design in Ingram Street, Glasgow. In 1869 it moved to its present site in Sauchiehall Street, and in 1896 the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (see Glasgow School) won a competition to design a new building. This was erected in 1897–9, with a library block and other extensions added in 1907–9. Together they form one of the most original and dramatic works of architecture of the period anywhere in Europe. At this time the School was enjoying its golden age, under the directorship (1885–1918) of the painter Francis (‘Fra’) Newbery (1855–1946), who had admirable skill as an administrator and a flair for recognizing and encouraging talent. He had good connections abroad and helped the School to win an international reputation. It continues to enjoy high status and produced a particularly outstanding crop of graduates in the 1980s, including the painters Steven Campbell (1953–2007), Stephen Conroy (b 1964), and Alison Watt (b 1965). Their work marked a return to an interest in figurative art after the ‘anything goes’ 1970s.

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