Hannah Frank

Biography of Hannah Frank

Hannah Frank's Matriculation record (1928-1929)
Hannah Frank's Matriculation record (1928-1929)

Hannah Frank was born in Glasgow in 1908, the eldest of four children to Miraim and Charles Frank. Her father Charles Frank owned his own shop in the Saltmarket and worked as a camera dealer.

Frank first matriculated at the University in 1927, aged 18, and graduated in 1930 with an MA in Arts. During her time at the University she studied a range of subjects including English, Botany, Latin, French and Moral Philosophy. She also was also awarded a certificate of distinction for her Latin Language a Literature Class of 1928-1929.

During her time at the University Frank also attended evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art – and it was at this time that she developed her distinctive, black and white style, for which she is perhaps best known which has been likened to the work of the Mackintosh sisters, Jessie King, and the Art Nouveau movement.

Hannah Frank had several poems and drawings published in the Glasgow University Magazine (GUM), all of which appeared under her pseudonym Al Aaraaf.

In the 1950s Frank turned her attention to sculpture, studying at the Glasgow School of Art under Benno Schotz. Her sculpture and illustrations have been exhibited through the Royal Academy and the Royal Sottish Academy, amongst others.

In 2009 Hannah Frank became the first person ever to receive a posthumous honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.


Hannah Frank
Born 1908.
Died 2008.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1930;
Occupation categories: artists
Record last updated: 9th Aug 2017

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