Glorious GlasgowAuthor: James McCarroll and Duncan I. McEwan
240 pp hardback
"Delightful . . . one of the most gorgeous coffee-table books imaginable" The Herald
"A fantastic city, a fantastic book" STV
From the authors of the no. 1 Glasgow bestseller: Glasgow: the Classic Then and Now Photographs.
One of the most comprehensive books ever published on the city. Glorious Glasgow brilliantly captures Glasgow's magnificent architecture in more than 600 photographs, all of them in full colour and each with its own highly informative caption. The city centre, with its stunning commercial and public buildings, is covered in some depth but there are substantial sections on every part of Glasgow. In addition, there are four shorter sections looking at Glasgow's impressive industrial and artistic heritage, each illustrated by wonderful works of art.
'Glasgow,' opined John Betjeman, 'has the finest Victorian architecture in Britain.' The late poet laureate was, of course, correct but there is much more to the city than Victoriana. Let us peruse the menu: there is a stunning medieval quarter around historic Glasgow cathedral, wonderful Georgian houses, art-deco delights, Art Nouveau masterpieces and award-winning designs from the twenty-first century. It is little wonder that Glasgow was named European Capital of Culture in 1990 and UK City of Architecture in 1999.
This is the city after all of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the great names of world architecture, whose seminal Glasgow School of Art is revered by connoisseurs of the built environment. But it is also the home of many other greats, notably Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, who, with his stunning classicism, was a huge influence on the architects who followed him. Nor should we forget innovators like the Burnets, pere et fils, David Hamilton, James Salmon, Charles Wilson and William Leiper.