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Fra Newbery

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Keywords: artists, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Style, illustrators, oil paintings, portraits

A portrait of Francis Henry (Fra) Newbery (1855-1946) painted in 1913 by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931).

Maurice Greiffenhagen was an English painter and illustrator, who turned increasingly to portrait painting from 1900. He taught at Glasgow School of Art in 1906 at the request of Headmaster and Director Fra Newbery.

Born in Devon, Fra Newbery had studied art in Bridport and London. He taught at the National Art Training School in London until in 1885, at the age of 30, he was offered the post of Headmaster at Glasgow School of Art. Under his guidance the teaching curriculum was overhauled, important artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh were nurtured and the school attained an international reputation. Newbery also oversaw the construction of the new GSA building (a corner of which is visible in the background of the portrait) designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He retired in 1918.

Reference: 2154

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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