The art collectors and patrons of Glasgow

Key facts

  • Cost: £95
  • Credits: 0


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. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The key art collectors in Glasgow in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
  • The history and contents of their public and private art collections. 
  • key relevant archival and other resources in Glasgow.  

By the end of the course, you’ll 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.  

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular art collectors and collections in Glasgow.    


This is a non-credit class, so would not contribute to any qualifications.

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures/seminars delivered on campus. 


Although the course is no-credit bearing, it is still an ideal introduction to the subject. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days