Special Collections items currently on exhibition

In the showcase of the foyer of Special Collections on level 12 of the University of Glasgow Library

December 2019 - January 2020

Mallarmé and Whistler – a Literary and Artistic Friendship

The French poet Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) met the American painter, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), in 1888 through their mutual friend, the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. An initial project to translate Whistler’s treatise on art, The Ten O’Clock Lecture, led to a close and intimate collaborative friendship between Mallarmé and Whistler.

They met frequently whilst Whistler was in Paris, dining together with their families and working together on images, poems and books. In 1891, Mallarmé took a major role in persuading the French government to buy Whistler’s oil painting of his mother. In the process he secured the Legion d’Honneur for Whistler.

Books and items relating to Mallarmé make up a considerable proportion of the items held by the University of Glasgow Library as part of a bequest made by Whistler’s executor, his daughter-in-law Rosalind Birnie Philip.

Exhibition curated by Dr Matthew Creasy, Lecturer at the School of Critical Studies

Associated with the display is Récréations postales: a digital exhibition of 25 handwritten copies of Mallarmé's poems from University of Glasgow Library

On display in The Hunterian

GUGA: Slighe gu Gàidhlig / Exploring Gaelic identities

11 October 2019 - 2 February 2020

Scheduled to coincide with the 2019 Royal National Mòd and the UNESCO ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages’, GUGA: Exploring Gaelic Identities considers how historic perceptions of Gaelic culture have been formed and sustained, and asks what this culture, and its language, means in contemporary Scotland.

The exhibition includes eleven items from the Library, including items from our McLagan collection, a Gaelic Book of Common Prayer and 19th century minutes of the Glasgow University Ossianic Society.

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External Exhibitions

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

George Stubbs: 'all done from Nature'

12 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ presents the first significant overview of this renowned eighteenth century artist-scientist in Britain for more than 30 years. The exhibition brings together 80 paintings, drawings and publications from the National Gallery’s life-size portrait of the stallion Whistlejacket to pieces never previously seen in public. 

Our drawing of the Duke of Richmond's Second Bull Moose (Sp Coll HF 234) features in this exhibition.

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