James Barr ARSA, DA
Born 26 April 1911
Died 6 January 1969
Active: 1931 - 1969
Country of birth and death: Scotland
Born in Glasgow. He left school with no qualifications but a fine drawing talent. Barr then secured a job as an assistant for Benno Schotz (mixing clay, preparing materials) and eventually became a student and then a lecturer. His commissions included some wood panels in the smoke room of an ocean liner; several war memorials, among them Fraserburgh; and six panels on the National Library of Scotland, 1958. Barr specialised in relief portraits, and his sitters included Dr Soddie, University of Glasgow and posthumous portrayals of Henry Campbell-Bannerman and Andrew Bonar-Law for the High School, Glasgow. He died suddenly, on return from the first day back at Glasgow School of Art following the Christmas break.
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Jacob Goldman, Esq.
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Seventieth Annual Exhibition, 1931
'Jacob Goldman, Esq.'
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Seventy-Eighth Annual Exhibition, 1939
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Eighty-Seventh Annual Exhibition, 1948
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Ninetieth Annual Exhibition, 1951
Institutional and Business Connections
Awarded commendation for diploma in sculpture by The Glasgow School of Art
1933 - 1934
Elected ARSA The Royal Scottish Academy
Member of council The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Received prize from The Royal Scottish Academy
Awarded Carnegie Travelling Scholarship
Teacher of sculpture at The Glasgow School of Art
Annual Exhibition Catalogue for The Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1951
Photograph of council members
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 1, A-D. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1990 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
Citing this record
'James Barr ARSA, DA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib6_1204105452, accessed 30 Mar 2017]