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Harvey's Dyke

Harvie's Dyke by William Simpson (1823-1899).

Simpson used a sketch made by Robert Carrick in 1836 as the basis for this painting. It shows the mansion built for the distiller Thomas "Lang Tam" Harvey in 1819 on the banks of the Clyde at Westthorn near Parkhead. A right of way ran along the riverbank (a section of the footpath is visible here, near the foot of the slope), but Harvey built walls to block it and preserve his privacy. In 1822 an angry mob managed to tear down one of the walls before the army arrived and arrested the ringleaders. However, Harvey was later banned by the Court of Session from denying people access to the path.

This watercolour is one of fifty-five painted by Simpson between 1893 and 1898. The series is based on sketches he completed fifty years earlier which appeared as black and white illustrations in Views and Notices of Glasgow in Former Times, published in 1848 by Allan & Ferguson.

Reference: 892ba/ 1889.2.ba

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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