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Robert Foulis, 1707 - 1776. Publisher and patron of the arts

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Robert Foulis, 1707 - 1776. Publisher and patron of the arts 1776


  • Scottish Art
Robert Foulis and his brother Andrew were publishers with a reputation for fine editions of classical and modern authors. They also founded one of the earliest art schools in Britain - the Foulis Academy in Glasgow. Opening in 1753, the Academy offered a European-style training to eager Scottish students, many of whom went on to become successful and influential artists. James Tassie, who made this glass paste medallion, attended the Foulis Academy, as did his friend, the painter David Allan .

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Foulis Academy

An 18th century academy of art and design founded by the Glasgow printers and booksellers Robert and Andrew Foulis, who had assembled a collection of European paintings for teaching purposes. The academy was based at the University of Glasgow's old college buildings in High Street.

Glass paste

Or pate de verre. Ground glass that is fired to give the appearance of semi-precious stones.

Foulis Academy, Glass paste


  • Acc. No. PG 137
  • Medium Paste medallion
  • Size Height: 4.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1886