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.
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
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”
Main Street, Rutherglen
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
Painted using acrylics on canvas
board measuring 508 x 406 mm (20” x 16”) in February 2013.
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
Umbrella and Olympia Building
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.
acrylics on canvas board measuring 508 x 406 mm (20” x 16”) in March
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.