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Margaret MacDonald

Designer Biography

...Margaret Macdonald was a Scottish artist and designer known for embroidery, gesso panels, graphic work, metalwork, and textiles. Born in England and later moving to Glasgow, she attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1890, where she began...

‘Of Manly Enterprise, and Female Taste!’: Mina Malcolm’s Cottage as Imperial Exhibition, c. 1790s–1970s

British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1770–1940

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

Book Chapter

...Thanks to John Malcolm for his help in rooting out sources and the editors for their valuable comments.‘Beneath thy roof what splendid proofs are plac’d/Of manly enterprise, and female taste!’, William Park (1788–1843) exclaimed in a poem...

Macdonald, Frances (1873–1921)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Frances Macdonald’s achievements have only recently come to light partly due to the loss of so much of her work, destroyed by her husband Herbert MacNair following her premature death, and partly because she left Glasgow in 1899...

Shaw, Richard Norman (1831–1912)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Born is Scotland and trained by George Edmund Street (1824–81), Shaw is now identified with the revival of English vernacular architecture. Growing out of the Gothic Revival of the 1860s, Shaw developed, alongside E. W. Godwin, J. J...

Cottier, Daniel (1838–91)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Cottier has been hailed as the “harbinger of aestheticism” taking the ethos and style to America and Australia. Born in Anderston, Glasgow, Cottier began his career working for David Kier (1802–64), master glazier to Glasgow Cathedral...

Walton, George Henry (1867–1933)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...A contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Walton was a key figure in the Glasgow School/Style. Like other fin de siècle “modernist” movements the Glasgow School is connected to the English Arts and Crafts and European art...

King, Jessie Marion (1875–1949)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...A so-called Glasgow Girl, Jessie Marion King (1875–1949) is best known for her beautifully illustrated children’s books. However, she also designed textiles and jewelry as well as painting ceramics. Born in affluent Bearsden, near Glasgow...

An Irish harp and sleeping beauty: The politics of suffrage in the textile art of Una Taylor and Ann Macbeth

Suffrage and the Arts : Visual Culture, Politics and Enterprise

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book Chapter

...In 1890, an Irish National Banner embroidered by Una Ashworth Taylor (1857–1922) was exhibited in the London Arts and Crafts Exhibition (Figure 10.1).The National Museum of Ireland holds documentation alluding to the private sale...

MacNair, James Herbert (1868–1955)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Compared to his compatriots in The Four, MacNair is a shadowy figure; his contribution to the Glasgow style has been overwhelmed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Macdonald sisters. MacNair and Mackintosh trained as architects...

The artistic, social and suffrage networks of Glasgow School of Art’s women artists and designers

Liz Arthur

Liz Arthur is the former curator of dress and textiles for the Glasgow Museums and the Burrell Collection. She is also the author of a number of catalogues and books including, Robert Stewart Design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Suffrage and the Arts : Visual Culture, Politics and Enterprise

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book Chapter

...In 1908, Dumfries solicitor David Fergusson (1872–1941) wrote to his fiancé artist, Chris Stark (1876–1957), in Glasgow, expressing his concern that if women were enfranchised they would become ‘engulfed in the political whirlpool and must...