Publication for the Artist & the Thinker Exhibition


John Duncan was a Dundee artist who became the leading figure of the Celtic revivalist movement in Scotland. Patrick Geddes was even more remarkable - a pioneer of town planning and modern sociology, his work was international and truly interdisciplinary. This book, which accompanies the exhibition at McManus Galleries in Dundee, explores the unique relationship between these two men, and the part that Dundee played in their lives. Duncan was a central figure in Dundee's blossoming art scene at the turn of the last century, while Geddes spent 30 years as Professor of Botany at University College Dundee. Although much has been written on both men, this publication is the first to look in detail at the influence that the City of Dundee was to have on their extraordinary careers.

Edited by Matthew Jarron

Published by the University of Dundee Museum Service

103 pages, 15 b/w illustrations
ISBN 0 900019 41 7
Price 10 pounds sterling


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Foreword by Anne, Marion, Claire and Colin Geddes

Introduction by Matthew Jarron

Chapter One: "Dear Guru" - John Duncan and Patrick Geddes by Megan Ferguson

Chapter Two: Patrick Geddes - Science and Art in Dundee by Murdo Macdonald

Chapter Three: "Forget the silly notion that I'm here to teach you Botany" - Patrick Geddes at University College Dundee by Matthew Jarron

Chapter Four: A Dream of a Bonnier Dundee - Geddes's ideas for public parks and gardens in Dundee by Mary Arnold

Chapter Five: In Search of John Duncan by Clara Young

Chapter Six: Symbolists in our midst - Stewart Carmichael and George Dutch Davidson by Senga Davidson

Chapter Seven: The Restoration of the Reredos in St Mary's Church, Broughty Ferry by Sally Cheyne & Owen Davison

Chapter Eight: Geddes, Democratic Intellectualism and Modern Town & Regional Planning by Neil Grieve, Deborah Peel and Greg Lloyd

Notes on the Contributors

Mary Arnold is a former student of the School of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, a Faculty of the University of Dundee

Sally Cheyne and Owen Davison are painting conservators at the Conservation Studio in Edinburgh

Senga Davidson is currently researching the Tayport Artists Circle as a postgraduate student in the Department of History, University of Dundee

Megan Ferguson is researching the Celtic Revival movement as a PhD student in the Department of History, University of Dundee

Anne, Marion, Claire and Colin Geddes are the grandchildren of Patrick Geddes and Anna Morton

Neil Grieve, Deborah Peel and Greg Lloyd are staff of the Geddes Institute in the School of Town and Regional Planning, University of Dundee

Matthew Jarron is Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee, and co-curator of the exhibition The Artist and the Thinker

Murdo Macdonald is Professor of the History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee

Clara Young has been Art Curator with Dundee City Art Galleries and Museums since 1980, and is co-curator of the exhibition The Artist and the Thinker

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