Gray’s School of Art student Jean Kitson was awarded a Travelling Scholarship whilst a student and she proceeded to demonstrate her wonderful skills by painting this copy of Velazquez’s ‘Infanta Margarita’. It was painted in Spain on a Gray’s School of Art travelling scholarship. The painting of such subjects was common at that time and this work is quite probably the earliest work held in the RGU Art and Heritage Collection having been painted in 1917. Miss Kitson was awarded £120 which was paid to her in instalments. Her proposed itinerary as a Travelling Scholar was to spend three months in Holland studying in the galleries of Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Leyden, Haarlem and Amsterdam, followed by one month in Paris. Finally, the young artist would spend two months in Madrid copying works of Velazquez and the Italian masters at the Prado. On her return, this painting was retained by the School, in accordance with the terms of the scholarship. Today, with inflation Miss Kitson’s £120 would be worth in the region of £8000.
RGU Art and Heritage are very excited to now have a new on campus storage facility which will aid us in looking after the many items held in the collection and ease access. Exciting times lie ahead for us as we organise the contents of the store in the coming weeks.
What the Hyacinths Say by Laura McGlinchey RGU Art and Heritage Collection
There are a few days left to catch this great exhibition at Grampian Hospital Art Trust. Mustard Blanket ends on the 2nd of September.
The artists include Frances Disley of Liverpool, Flo Gordon who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and our own Laura McGlinchey who graduated at Gray’s School of Art in 2013.
Great to have a work by Laura in our collection at RGU and even greater to see her continuing her professional practice with other artists.
There is still time to pop over to GHAT to test the ‘Paint Rock Scanner’…
RGU Art and Heritage isn’t just about paintings hanging on walls or other works created to engage an audience. It is much more about the people who make those objects. Here we have a newspaper headline from the Press and Journal in 1957. Leo Clegg, a talented sculptor, who was head of the Sculpture Department at Gray’s rescues an injured seaman who had fallen in the Albert Dock in Aberdeen Harbour. It was common for the Sculpture department and its surroundings at Gray’s to reflect Leo’s affinity with the sea via large ropes for anchors which sometimes would feature in graduates sculpture at that time. We are also aware of his remarkable bravery during WWII. There lies another story.