Series Details

Call Number: MS Gen 1771/A
Title: Correspondence
Date of Creation: Between 1968 and 1996
Place of Creation: Scotland
Level of Description: Series
Part of MS Gen 1771
See associated Series
Extent: 4 boxes (29 files and some loose items)
Content: Correspondence (primarily incoming letters to Una Rota relating to Annie French, with some copies of her outgoing letters), grouped by topic, familial connection or membership to an organisation. Alongside nearly 600 letters and postcards there are Rota's notes, research material and images of French's work. Some of the topics discussed include Rota's contribution to Jude Burkhauser's 'Glasgow Girls' (1990) and the Barbican's 'The Last Romantics' (1989), The Lady Artists Club, The Society of Lady Artists and French's greetings cards.
Other notable artists discussed include Jessie M King, De Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar and George Woolliscroft Rhead. Letters from Annie French's family including her nephew, Eric French (file 6) and James Meldrum (file 10) are particularly informative as they give an insight into French's personality and chart the progress and process of Rota's research. Other correspondents include Louise Annand.
There are also several catalogues of the Walker Art Gallery Autumn Exhibition; 1905, 1906, 1909 and 1911.
Arrangement: Most of this material was received in an A-Z concertina file with the contents arranged broadly alphabetically by surname of correspondent. The contents of each section have been transferred as found into separate archive folders.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Notes: The letters in this series were sent from correspondents around the world but collated in the UK, latterly Scotland.
Finding Aids: A boxlist is available (shelved in first box).
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this series:

author: Louise Annand 1915-2012
Artist, educator and filmmaker. Studied at Hamilton Academy, the University of Glasgow and Jordanhill College of Education. Taught during the 1940s and took evening …
author: Eric French d 1985
Nephew of the artist Annie French and custodian of her papers after her death. He corresponded frequently with Una Rota during her research into his aunt.
author: Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool
recipient: Una Rota 1919-2003
Née Simmons. Born in Glasgow, Rota spent her early life in Argentina, returning to Britain in 1936 to study theatre costume design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. …
subject: De Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar 1878-1959
Born in Ceylon. Studied at Glasgow School of Art, where she later taught metal work design for thirty-eight years. She was also the president of the Society of …
subject: Glasgow Society of Lady Artists' Club 1882-1971
Founded by female students at the Glasgow School of Art. The Club was based at 5 Blythswood Square from 1895. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed some of the interior work. …
subject: Jessie Marion King 1875-1949
Artist. Studied at the Glasgow School of Art 1892-1899. From 1902 she taught Book Design there before moving to Paris where she and E A Taylor (her husband from …
subject: George Woolliscroft Rhead 1867-1920
Artist. Married the artist Annie French (1872-1965) in 1914.
subject: Society of Women Artists 1857-
Founded in 1857 as the Society of Female Artists and has held an annual exhibition in London ever since. Changed its name to the Society of Lady Artists in 1869. …
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