Annie French: Book Designer

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We’ve just discovered a previously unrecognised Glasgow Style binding by Annie French in our collections. Designed in 1901 for the proceedings of the Glasgow meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, it it printed black on buff cloth with a central vignette of St Mungo surrounded by Glasgow Style hearts. The motto ‘Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the word’ sits below. Stylised squared thistles sit in each of the lower corners. The binding will now join others by Mackintosh, Jessie M. King, Katharine Cameron, Talwin Morris and other Glasgow artists in our Special Collections.

Annie French (1872-1965) was an painter, etcher and illustrator who taught ceramic decoration at Glasgow School of Art, having earlier studied at the School herself under Francis Newbery and Belgian symbolist Jean Delville. Much like contemporary Jessie M. King, her style displays vivid colours, wistful subject matter, and curved forms. She was particularly known for her pen and watercolour drawings for children’s books.

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