The interior of the Grand Dome in the Industrial Hall at the International Exhibition of 1901.
As the central point in the Industrial Hall, the area beneath the Grand Dome was a popular meeting place. The violet, red and green colour scheme made an immediate impression on visitors. The walls were decorated with allegorical figures representing Commerce, Science, Industry and Art, and the names of famous people in these fields were inscribed around the room along with four scriptural texts. Good views of the city could be experienced from the balconies above.
In the absence of a personal visit from the newly crowned King Edward VII, visitors had to make do with a huge statue of the King under the Dome. Sculptor Albert Hodge's creation received mixed critical reviews, but the 18 feet high statue certainly could not be ignored. Hodge was also responsible for the figures on the walls.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 606.4 (1901)
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries and Archives
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