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Trongate c 1770-1790

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Trongate c 1770-1790

An oil painting of the Trongate c 1770-1790 by an unknown artist.

The painter chose to depict a view of Glasgow popular with artists of this period, looking west from Glasgow Cross. Several 18th century city landmarks are shown, including the statue of King William III on a plinth outside the town hall to the right, and the Tron Church tower and steeple in the distance to the left. There are many soldiers on view, both in kilts and in red coats, and there is a soldier on guard in the sentry-box near the door of the Tolbooth, at the end of the paved area in front of the town hall known as the "plainstanes".

Reference: 800.79.179

reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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arcades, churches, guardhouses, horses and carriages, kilts, municipal buildings, oil paintings, redcoats, sentries, sentry boxes, soldiers, statues, streetscenes, Tolbooth, Tolbooth Steeple, town hall, Tron Church, Tron Steeple, women



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