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Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, painted by Robert Eadie, 1930s

left: The Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, painted by Robert Eadie in 1928 to celebrate a major extension of the theatre westward along Waterloo Street.
The picture, which graced a cover of The Tatler magazine, was sent in by the author Graeme Smith, who explained:
   "I am writing the history of Glasgow`s famous ALHAMBRA THEATRE and have come across a painting of it by your great uncle. I have been told by Bill Glover of St Andrews (himself descended from the theatrical Glover family of scenic painting and theatre management) that Robert Eadie did a series of theatre paintings and theatrical subjects.
   "Presumably the Alhambra was one—perhaps commissioned by Glasgow Alhambra Ltd, then chaired by Col Douglas McInnes Shaw. It was used on the front of the theatre's monthly magazine (the Alhambra Tatler) in 1928."

UPDATE: The book has now been published as Alhambra Glasgow by Bell & Bain Ltd. (2011) As well as the picture of the theatre, it also includes Robert Eadie's painting of the Cunard liner Transylvania in dry dock and his view of Gordon Street seen from the Hope Street end, both taken from the collection of a dozen illustrative plates in The Face of Glasgow by William Power (1927).

Further works by Robert Eadie are featured in The University of Glasgow Library: Friendly Shelves published by The Friends of Glasgow Library (2016)—pictures of the university, the Tolbooth and Tron Steeple and the Cunard liner Transylvania in dry dock, all from The Face of Glasgow

Graeme Smith’s newly published Glasgow’s Blythswood (October 2021) features pictures by Robert Eadie on the inside covers of the paperback volume; Waterloo Street and Sauchiehall Street are both from Robert Eadie’s Glimpses of Glasgow (1927); and pictures showing West George Street, West Nile Street and the Alhambra theatre.
   The photograph [right] shows the historian and author at his book launch, which was held atop an almost competed new office block—13 floors above Bothwell Street!
   Good job it was a nice day.
   The book is now available at and bookstores.
   The content of the book falls effectively into two parts. The first part is a history of how the area was developed and how entrepreneurs acquired vast fortunes from supplying the basics of life—clean water and wholesome food—and ended up in the bankruptcy courts due to over-ambitious development plans and the predation of local loan sharks.
   An A to Z of the streets with pictures and notes follows. There are images of buildings ancient and modern. Conservation measures and rules against new buildings dwarfing older ones have helped to check urban blight. The city's guardians seem to be mindful of the maxim of modern construction—if you're building really high, you can't afford craftsmanship, especially if it will be seen only by drone operators and base jumpers.
   In several cases, old and new blend in pleasing ways. See in particular the picture of St. Vincent Street on page 216 in which new glass provides a mirror for showing off the elegant stonework across the street.

The Rogano restaurant, Glasgow, painted by Robert Eadie



The Rogano restaurant, Glasgow.

This watercolour by Robert Eadie was commissioned for the menu of "Glasgow's Favourite Restaurant", which opened its doors in 1935.
   The oldest surviving restaurant in the city offers "the finest fish and seafood in the world from Scottish waters".
   The restaurant is to be found at 11 Exchange Place, Glasgow G1 3AN.

WW1 ambulances in Blythswood Square, Glasgow, painted by Robert EadieAnother find by Graeme Smith, who wrote:

“I’m also sending a copy of a Robert Eadie painting which, in monochrome, is in the Jubilee History of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club published in 1949. The book has the title Gang Warily.
“This painting shows some of the many ambulances; 450 in total; which were funded by the Scottish Automobile Club as part of the Great War effort. The SAC also recruited many women drivers.
“The Scottish Red Cross ambulance division was headquartered in the Club`s premises in Blythswood Square, Glasgow. In 1917 King George V authorised the honour of a Royal prefix in recognition of the significant achievement, hence the club’s title.”

WW1 ambulances in Blythswood Square, Glasgow, painted by Robert Eadie in 1916One of my expeditions to the internet in search of further material turned up this watercolour + pencil alternative version [right] of the above scene—in colour. It is signed by the artist and dated 1916.

St. Monance Harbour, watercolour painted by Robert EadieI found this picture on eBay. Someone was offering a single page from a magazine featuring the illustration for an article called The Salt Tang of Fife.
    The title of the painting is St. Monance Harbour [a variation of St. Monan's] and the picture is described as "from the watercolour by Robert Eadie, R.S.W."
    The single sheet has page numbers; the picture is on page 22; but there is no indication of the title of the publication on either side of the sheet, or names for the authors of the articles, which makes tracking things down rather difficult!

The Jacobean Corsetry, Glasgow by Robert Eadie

Thanks to Mark Dougan for a photo of this drawing by Robert Eadie, which is to be found inside a Glasgow landmark—the former premises of the Jacobean Corsetry in Virgina street, G1.
   The corsetry business closed in 2000 but the A-listed property has been renamed the Jacobean Building and it retains the distinctive golden shop sign.

The Jacobean Corsetry sign

Receipts for sales from a Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts exhibition held at the end of 1944.

Receipts from RGIFA sale in 1944

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