The art collectors and patrons of Glasgow ADED11248

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Glasgow's cultural history includes many men and women who supported the fine arts in Glasgow in the 18th and 19th centuries. This short course looks at key figures who bought Old Master paintings and commissioned modern art, including Robert Foulis, Archibald McLellan, Alexander 'Picture' Gordon, James Smith of Jordanhill, Mrs Cecilia Douglas of Orbiston, John Bell of North Park, and Alexander Bannantyne Stewart, whose mansion in Langside included a specially designed picture gallery.


Block 4, weeks 1-5

Tuesday, 10.00-12.00


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To introduce the key art collectors in Glasgow in the 18th and 19th centuries.

To examine the history and contents of their public and private art collections.

To outline and examine the key relevant archival and other resources in Glasgow. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify the key art collectors in Glasgow in the 18th and 19th centuries.

■ Critically analyse their collections, including the history of their formation and important individual paintings. 

■ Demonstrate research skills by identifying and using archival resources in Glasgow and elsewhere

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits