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Hannah Frank: From Ideas to Illustrations

University of Glasgow Library

A collection of papers relating to Hannah Frank, the Glasgow-born Artist, Sculptor and Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow is held by the University’s Archives and Special Collections. Recently, I had the opportunity to examine the papers which relate to Frank’s time as a student, which includes some of her university lecture notes (DC 51/1-12), course work (DC 51/13-17) and letters from Gilbert Highet (DC 51/18), editor of the University’s Magazine from 1929-1930 (when many of her illustrations were published).

graduation Photograph of Hannah Frank’s graduation from the University of Glasgow

Hannah Frank had several poems and drawings published in the Glasgow University Magazine (GUM), all of which appeared under her pseudonym Al Aaraaf, after the Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name. It is these distinctive black and white illustrations, which have been likened to the work of the Mackintosh sisters, Jessie M. King, Aubrey Beardsley and the Art…

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