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The Glassblower

The Glassblower, a stained glass window by Stephen Adam (1848-1910) c 1878.

This window is one of a series of twenty made for Maryhill Burgh Halls. Each of the windows showed a trade or profession carried on in the burgh, which was established in 1856 and remained independent until it was annexed by Glasgow in 1891. The stained glass panels are now part of the People's Palace collections.

The glassblower is shown holding his blowing tube which has a bubble of glass at one end. On the floor to the right are some of the tools he would use to shape the glass bubble. On the left are large finished glass jars.

Bottlemaking was the most significant activity in the glassmaking industry in the Glasgow area, as the city was a centre for the wines, beers and spirits trades as well as the production of soft drinks and other beverages. Other products included crown (window) glass, jars, household items and decorative glass.

Reference: 510.86.128 / OG.1963.52

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow city Council, Glasgow Museums

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