Ingram Street, Glasgow from Gallery of Modern Art

Ingram Street, Glasgow from Gallery of Modern Art

This morning I paid a visit to central Glasgow, availing of ‘photo opportunities in the bright sunshine.

Entrance to Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Entrance to Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

First, I paid a visit to the impressive Gallery of Modern Art . This building and its antecedents has been inextricably linked with Glasgow’s mercantile past, viz:

  • Around 1778 a large mansion in the Palladian style was built at the location by a super-rich tobacco merchant named William Cunninghame at cost of about GBP10,000.00. The building comprised three stories with wings at right angles and facing each other. Remnants of the Cunninghame mansion can be found in the current building: entrance hall, ellipse with rooflight; mansion house galleries on first floor; and former drawing-room on first floor.
  • Acquired by Royal Bank of Scotland in 1817 who subsequently built a new bank to the west of the building in 1827.
  • Mansion sold by Royal Bank in 1827 to a business consortium for purpose of building a new Exchange.Leading architect David Hamilton was commissioned to incorporate the old mansion house within the new exchange building.
  • In 1913, architect Colin Menzies was commissioned to remodel the basement and provide new supporting square pillars. The basement was converted into a restaurant.
  • After World War II the building was acquired by the City of Glasgow for GBP105.000 and thereafter became home to the Stirling Library.
  • In 1994 the library was relocated and the building converted to its present role as a gallery for housing the city’s modern art collection. This was undertaken whilst successfully retaining many of the original features of the Exchange.

The gallery has displayed work by such leading artists as Ken Currie, Peter Howson, Sebastio Salgado,Henri Cartier-Bresson and Jo Spence.

The basement houses a cafe, tourist information centre and small library.

Outside the main entrance is a equine statue of the Duke of Wellington surmounted with a traffic cone. This has become a de facto symbol of Glasgow.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Next, to nearby George Square.

George Square, Glasgow, Scotland.

George Square, Glasgow, Scotland.

The Square was first laid out in 1781 and evolved in tandem with Glasgow’s growth and prosperity. Today,the Square is a venue for a wide range of public gatherings and events which include  meetings, demonstrations,concerts and ceremonies. Surrounding the Square are important buildings which include Queen Street Station, City Chambers  (Town Hall), and the Cenotaph.

George Square is named after King George III (1738-1820). The tall column in the centre was originally meant to hold a statue  of King George but due to loss of the American colonies and other factors his popularity waned in Glasgow and the column was used to hold a statue of Scottish romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott instead.

The square is paved and populated with a collection of statues of famous persons associated with Glasgow,viz:

  • William Ewart Gladstone,1809-1898
  • James Oswald MP,1779-1865.
  • Dr. Thomas Graham, 1805-1869. Chemist.
  • Thomas Campbell, Poet, 1777-1844.
  • Field Marshall, Lord Clyde, 1792-1863.
  • Lieutenant General Sir John Moore, 1761-1809.
  • Robert Burns, 1759-1796
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832.
  • Robert Peel, 1788-1850.
  • Queen Victoria,1819-1901
  • Prince Albert,1819-1861
  • James Watt,1736-1819

Next to St. Vincent Place and St. Vincent Street, once heart of Glasgow’s financial district.

St Vincent Place and St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

St Vincent Place and St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Next to Buchanan Street and the retail shopping area. Here is a ‘Doctor Who’ telephone box.

Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

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