Public Sculpture of Glasgow.
By Ray McKenzie.
With contributions by Gary Nisbet.
5th volume of Public Sculpture of Britain.
In this fifth volume of Public Sculpture of Britain, most of the
greatest British and some continental sculptors are represented with
important sculptures –
J H Foley
many others. Glasgow was never provincial has always resisted artistic
centralization based on London. Elsewhere public sculpture has largely
represented provincial excursions by London sculptors. Edinburgh of course
had its own sculptors, some of whom worked in Glasgow, but it lacked both
Glasgow’s wealth and international links. Liverpool had eminent sculptors
but they lived mainly in Rome. Only in Glasgow, and perhaps also in Edinburgh,
were there significant local workshops, often family based, training dynasties
of native sculptors. These workshops themselves depended on another great
Glasgow specialism, architectural sculpture. Local architects naturally
looked to local sculptors for the sculpture intended to enhance the beauty,
proclaim the importance and explain the purpose of their buildings.
The study of architectural sculpture, falling between the history of art
and the history of architecture, has been until very recently generally
neglected – even by that great pioneer, Rupert Gunnis. Ray McKenzie has in
this volume for the first time demonstrated the importance of Glasgow’s
architectural sculpture and explained its function with a wealth of superbly
arranged and carefully marshalled detail.
Published by Liverpool University Press.
Published price: Hard-back: £52.95, (US$82.95)
Published price: Paper-back: £22.95, (US$34.95)
Publication date: 1st March, 2002.
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