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Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Drawing
Artist/Maker: Fleming, Ian
Date: unknown
Media/Materials: ink on paper
Dimensions: overall: 47.5 cm x 36.2 cm


Pen and ink drawing of the fernery at Hospitalfield, Arbroath including detail of the ventilators of the studio block in the top right and glimpses of the original lean-to hothouses which travelled along the kitchen wall to the watertower.

Ian Fleming (1906-1994) was born and studied in Glasgow. He taught at Hospitalfield in Arbroath and Glasgow School of Art, and was later Principal of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.

Following his retirement from the Head of School post at Gray's School of Art in 1971, Fleming founded Peacock Printmakers (now Peacock Visual Arts) and Artspace. He is considered one of Scotland's most important twentieth-century etchers. Fleming's inlfuence in the city of Aberdeen resulted in him being awarded an honorary LLD by Aberdeen University and later he was made honorary Doctor of Arts of the Robert Gordon University, of which Gray's School of Art is a component part.

Aberdeen City Council installed a commemorative plaque at 15 Fonthill Road where he lived and worked.
Object Number: ABDRG591