Glasgow Lady Artists

Glasgow Society of Lady Artists Club Collection

Material documenting the administrative history of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists.

About the Collection

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The Immortals, including some Lady Artists Club members. Back Row: Margaret Macdonald – Middle Row L-R: Frances Macdonald, Katherine Cameron, Janet Aitken, Agnes Raeburn, Jessie Keppie, John Keppie – Front Row L-R: Herbert McNair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists Club was founded in 1882, for the study and practice of painting with members annually submitting artwork for exhibition and the judgement of the public. Annual exhibitions were held to showcase the work of the members, which were frequently covered by the newspapers.

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External photograph of the building of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists’ Club, 5 Blythswood Square, Glasgow

Until 1895, the club met at rooms in 136 Wellington Street. In 1895, the club had accumulated sufficient subscriptions to buy 5 Blythswood Square.

The collection is comprised of news cuttings regarding the Society and its annual exhibitions, which proved popular and often prompted growth in membership numbers. In addition, there are several stock books which detail artwork shown in craft shows. Club and council minutes, a list of members, and visitor books are also included.

Members included Janet Aitken, Katharine Cameron, Stansmore Dean Stevenson, de Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar, Georgina Greenlees, Jessie Keppie, Jessie M. King, Ann Macbeth and Jessie Newbery.

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Jessie Newbery, a member of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists

Finding aid

Glasgow Society of Lady Artists Collection listing (PDF, 142KB)

Online catalogue

Further reading

List of Glasgow Society of Lady Artists members, researched and compiled by Karen Mailley-Watt (PDF, 79kb).

History of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists' Club by Decourcy L. Dewar

Brownrigg, Jenny. "The ladies would seem to have turned their attention: tracing the founding members' of Glasgow Society of Lady Artists" (PDF 140kb)

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