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This evening, I am posting a couple of images of the Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.

Firstly, outside the entrance is the statue of the Duke of Wellington, a British military hero of the 19th century. This statue is hardly seen without a traffic cone on top of the head; as soon as one cone is removed another is put in place-presumably by students. This arrangement has almost become a permanent image of the Glasgow scene.

The Gallery building has an interesting history. In 1778 a mansion was built on the site by one William Cunninghame, a wealthy tobacco trader. Glimpses of the original mansion can still be seen in the current building. After changes of ownership, the building was transformed in 1827 into a neo-classical Exchange with a giant Corinthian portico.

The statue of Wellington astride his horse, ‘Copenhagen’ was erected 1844.

After WW2 the building became a library and then in 1996 assumed its current role as a Gallery of Modern Art.

View of the Gallery from Ingram Street

The Gallery sits at the heart of Glasgow and is worth a visit from both an historical/architectural perspective as well for its contemporary art collection. There are shops and restaurants nearby.

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This heritage property is located just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow. Holmwood was completed in 1858 and is considered to be the finest domestic design by the Glasgow architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Interior conservation work is in process, including the original stencilled wall decoration in the dining room. The house has 5 acres of landscaped gardens to explore and a small kitchen garden planted with a range of Victorian herbs, fruits and vegetables.

This site is a “must” for followers of ‘Greek’ Thomson.

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This evening I am presenting an image the Struthers Memorial Church in the West End of Glasgow (Westbourne Road).

This building was designed in 1873 by John Honeyman, a partner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and contains large stained-glass windows by Alfred Webster and Douglas Strachan.

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