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Close no. 11 Bridgegate, Glasgow
© Estate of John Annan

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Close no. 11 Bridgegate, Glasgow 1897

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Thomas Annan’s prints of ‘The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow’ had been published in his lifetime. His sons John and James Craig inherited the project and in 1900 produced a photogravure album with new images probably taken by John and, for the first time, a written text. According to the author, William Young: “The value of many of the plates embraced in this volume consists in their true presentation or suggestion of the seamy side of the city's life; in their depicting with absolute faithfulness, the gloom and squalor of the slums”.

Glossary Open


A photographic negative is transferred onto a copper plate, which can then be manipulated like an etching. It allows for creative working and results in a wide range of tones in the finished work.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 889.44
  • Medium Photogravure
  • Size 22.80 x 18.20 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985