Come and visit our new collection website, featuring over 90,000 new object records and 35,000 newly digitised artworks
The Grandeur of the Gorges
© The Artist's Estate

Reference URL

The Grandeur of the Gorges 1926

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Mennie published a handsome, limited edition book in 1926 called ‘The Grandeur of the Gorges’ which contained fifty photographs and photogravures. He took the pictures during two trips on the upper Yangtze River in China: the first on a steamer from Ichang to Chungking, during poor weather, and the second between Ichang and Wan Hsien. The book ends at Chungking, “the great metropolis of Western China”, 1,400 miles from the sea. His apocalyptic vision of the city is seen across the 700 yard stretch of turbulent water where the current was so strong it could take an hour to cross. Between the angry, storm filled sky, and the reflecting, threatening water, the scale of the city is compacted into a strange and ominous shape.

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 402
  • Medium Photogravures and hand-coloroured prints (gelatine or collodion mat)
  • Size Album: 32.30 x 26.30 x 3.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2006