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         . William Neilly... 'glesca artist'
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A Foggy Evening at Glasgow Cross
This atmospheric painting is typical of Glasgow Cross in the 1950s. The conductor of service number 15, standard hex-dash, tramcar prepares to flip the bow as the tramcar reverses at the crossover at the junction of Gallowgate and London Road. It will then travel eastwards along the Gallowgate to Parkhead Cross. Tolbooth Steeple, built in 1626 and the last remnant of a former Town Hall and prison, is just visible towering above the tramcar. The Coronation Mark I tramcar, service number 9, is travelling eastwards along London Road to Auchenshuggle via Bridgeton Cross. Glasgow Cross railway station, occupying the central island behind the tramcar, closed in 1964. The Mercat building completed in 1928 is just discernible through the fog on the right behind the railway station and this impressive edifice provides drama and grandeur at this point of entry to Glasgow’s East End.
Painted using acrylics on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (20” x 16”) in December 2011.

 

 



trongate Glasgow cross
My painting Trongate, Glasgow Cross 1950s was inspired from the black and white photograph showing trams travelling westwards.  This nostalgic view looks west from the central island occupied by Glasgow Cross railway station which closed in 1964.  The Tron Steeple and Kirk, in front of the standard tram entering the Trongate from London Road, is a Grade “A” listed building.  It has a four stage, square section, tower with a tall stone facetted spire which was built in 1630-36 and standing independently of the Kirk.  The Tudor arches in the tower were opened in 1855.  Over the years the building has served not only as a place of worship but as a place of execution, a meeting hall, a market place, a police station and its current use as as the Tron Theatre.   Opposite the Tron Steeple and to the right of service number 15, Coronation Mark I tram, is another Grade “A” listed building known as “60 Trongate”.  This large, baronial style building extends from 60 – 90 Trongate and 19 - 29 Albion Street.   It was built in 1854 for the City of Glasgow Bank.  The tower has bartizans at each corner and crow stepped gables.
The acrylic painting, on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (approx. 20” x 16”)
was signed and dated by me in August 2014.

“Trongate, Glasgow Cross 1950s”
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Main Street, Rutherglen
A three-axle electric trolleybus, service number 101, (Riddrie and Rutherglen via Glasgow Cross), is about to negotiate the anti-clockwise terminal loop at the east end of Main Street on 29 April 1966, the final day of its service. It is followed by service number 46 motor bus en route to Cranhill from Castlemilk. The clock tower of the Scottish Baronial style, Rutheglen Town Hall built in 1862, is visible in the distance.
Painted using acrylics on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (20” x 16”) in February 2013.

 




tollhouse
My painting Dalmarnock Tollhouse used as reference the black and white photograph of the tollhouse located at 556 Dalmarnock Road, opposite Springfield Road, and which was built around 1820 by the Road Trustees to collect the toll for traffic using the wooden “pay” bridge across the River Clyde at Dalmarnock.     My painting shows how the tollhouse may have looked in the early 19th century.  Carters stop to pay their dues after crossing Dalmarnock Bridge from Rutherglen which can be seen in the background.  The tollhouse, famous for its chimney above the front door, was later used by Glasgow Corporation Transport and then as commercial premises and as a doctor’s surgery.  The building was demolished in 2011 as part of the Clyde Gateway renewal project.
The acrylic painting, on canvas board measuring 406 x 305 mm (approx. 16” x 12”), was signed and dated by me in September 2009.
Dalmarnock Tollhouse
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Bridgeton Umbrella and Olympia Building
My painting shows the Umbrella and the Olympia building following their complete restoration under the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Project. The famous and historic landmark, Grade A listed, Bridgeton Cross Umbrella, was restored to its full glory in 2011 with a substantial contribution from the Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
The imposing, Grade B listed, Olympia building on the gushet between Orr Street and Olympia Street and facing Bridgeton Cross was completely revamped and returned to public use in 2012. The four-storey, Grade B listed, tenement at the junction of Orr Street and London Road flanks the former Bridgeton Central Railway Station.
Painted using acrylics on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (20” x 16”) in March 2013.

 

 



apron

as above so below

As Above So Below was rendered using acrylic ink and acrylic paints on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (approx. 20” x 16”). 
It was signed and dated by me in August 2014.  

My painting was inspired by the artwork on the Masonic apron given by:
                                                General George Washington to General William S. Schuler
, a member of his staff, circa 1770.  
Between the expansive and containing columns, symbolized by the Sun and Moon, which embrace all the paired opposites of the universe, the central balancing column of human consciousness is depicted as a temple of several storeys within which the individual has access to the Deity.  As Above So Below  summarizes the entire teaching of Freemasonry which conceives the complete human being as having a body, a psyche (soul), a spirit and a contact with his divine source.

 

 



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