List of public art in Glasgow

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The city's George Square contains a number of significant public statues and monuments.

Public statues in Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, have been used to display the wealth and history of the city over centuries. The most prominent are those erected by the municipality or by public subscription, but others adorn the façades of the great commercial buildings.

Cathedral Precinct[edit]

Image Title / Subject Date Artist Type Material Notes
Statue of James Lumsden 1862 John Mossman Statue on pedestal Bronze on pink granite Lumsden was a stationer, local benefactor and Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1843 to 1846
David Livingstone statue, Glasgow.JPG Monument to David Livingstone 20 March 1879 John Mossman Statue on pedestal Bronze on granite Originally erected in George Square. Re-erected across from Provand’s Lordship in 1959. Re-erected in current location in 1990.
Statue of James White of Overtoun - - 1735631.jpg Monument to James White of Overtoun 1890 John Mossman
Francis Leslie
Statue on pedestal Bronze on grey granite White was a solicitor, businessman and chemicals manufacturer
Statue of James Arthur 1893 George Anderson Lawson Statue on pedestal Bronze on granite Arthur was a clothing manufacturer

Cathedral Square[edit]

In the square proper are portrayals of more significant historical personages. In the northwest corner is the Rev Dr Norman Macleod, chaplain to Queen Victoria (1881–2), by John Mossman and cast by Cox & Son. (Macleod is also shown on the relief on Queen Victoria's statue in George Square, receiving her at the cathedral on her visit to Glasgow)

In the centre of the square is an impressive equestrian statue of William II of Scotland (William of Orange) as a Roman emperor. It was erected at Glasgow Cross in 1735, at the expense of James Macrae. Macrae had made his fortune in India and had been Governor of Madras. He named his estate near Prestwick (now the site of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport) "Orangefields", in further homage to the King, who was also Prince of Orange. The tail moves in a ball and socket, apparently to prevent it being broken by unruly persons during times of riot. It was moved to its present site in 1923.

St Paul, St Peter and the Four Evangelists, are to be seen on the facade of the Barony North (Glasgow Evangelical) Church to the east of the square – 1878-80 by McCulloch of London.

Nearby, Glasgow Necropolis, a "garden" cemetery opened in 1833, in imitation of Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris has a number of statues associated with the funerary monuments of the rich and famous buried there. Most of these are private or religious statues, but the hilltop location is dominated by a large monument to John Knox erected in 1825. It consists of a 12 ft high statue of Knox, designed by Robert Forrest, atop a high Doric column by Thomas Hamilton.

Custom House Quay[edit]

Image Title / Subject Date Artist Type Material Notes
La Passionara.jpg Statue of Dolores Ibárruri, La Pasionaria 5 December 1979 Arthur Dooley Statue on pedestal Iron and fibreglass Commissioned by the International Brigade Association of Scotland

George Square[edit]

George Square is Glasgow's central public square, in which stands the landmark City Chambers. The square was laid out in 1782, with houses appearing between 1784 and 1820. Many of these later became hotels, especially after the opening of Queen Street Station. Only one of the original houses remains - the Millennium Hotel beside the station. The square is now a magnificent public space dominated by the aforesaid City Chambers, the ex-Post Office, ex-Bank of Scotland and the Merchant's House.

Image Title / Subject Date Artist Type Material Notes
JohnMooreGlasgow.jpg Monument to Sir John Moore 16 August 1819 John Flaxman Statue on pedestal Bronze on grey Aberdeen granite First statue to be erected in George Square
Monument to James Watt 1832 Francis Leggatt Chantrey Seated statue on pedestal Bronze on white Devonshire granite
Scott Monument, Glasgow.JPG Monument to Sir Walter Scott 1837 John Greenshields (statue)
Alexander Handyside Ritchie (statue)
David Rhind (column)
Statue on column Blonde sandstone First ever statue to Sir Walter Scott
Queen Victoria, George Square, Glasgow.jpg Equestrian Monument to Queen Victoria 1854 Carlo Marochetti Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze on red and grey granite Originally erected in St Vincent Place. Re-erected in George Square in 1865.
First equestrian statue of a woman in Britain
Monument to James Oswald 1856 Carlo Marochetti Statue on pedestal Bronze on pink and white granite Originally erected at Charing Cross. Re-erected in George Square in 1875
Robert Peel statue, Glasgow.JPG Monument to Sir Robert Peel 28 June 1859 John Mossman Statue on pedestal Bronze on granite
Equestrian Monument to Prince Albert 18 October 1866 Carlo Marochetti Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze on pink and grey granite
Monument to Field Marshal Lord Clyde 1867 John Henry Foley Statue on pedestal Bronze on granite
Monument to Thomas Graham 1871 William Brodie Seated statue on pedestal Bronze on granite
Robert Burns statue, George Square Glasgow.jpg Monument to Robert Burns 25 January 1877 George Edwin Ewing
James Alexander Ewing
Statue on pedestal Bronze on grey granite
Thomas Campbell statue, Glasgow.JPG Monument to Thomas Campbell 29 December 1877 John Mossman Statue on pedestal Bronze on grey granite
Monument to William Ewart Gladstone 11 October 1902 Hamo Thornycroft Statue on pedestal Bronze on grey granite
War Memorial, George Square, Glasgow - DSC06146.JPG The Cenotaph 31 May 1924 Ernest Gillick (sculptor)
John James Burnet (architect)
Colossal truncated obelisk,
stone sarcophagus and
two recumbent lions
Bronze and grey Kenmay granite

Gordon Street[edit]

The Citizen Firefighter statue is a bronze sculpture made by sculptor Kenny Hunter and commissioned by the Strathclyde Fire Brigade. The statue depicts a firefighter and represents a tribute to all firefighters past and present who have served in the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. Three months after it was unveiled (on 17 June 2001) the statue became a focal point for the people of Glasgow to leave flowers and tributes to the firefighters who died in and after the events of Tuesday September 11 in New York.[1]

Image Title / Subject Date Artist Type Material Notes
Citizen Firefighter - - 546448.jpg Citizen Firefighter 17 June 2001 Kenny Hunter Statue Bronze

Royal Exchange Square[edit]

In Royal Exchange Square, outside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and forming an end to Ingram Street, is an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington]]. Capping the statue with a traffic cone has become a traditional practice in the city, claimed to represent the humour of the local population and believed to date back to the first half of the 1970s if not before. The statue is a Category-A listed monument and due to minor damage and the potential for injury that the placing of cones involves, the practice has been discouraged by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police in recent years.[2]

Image Title / Subject Date Artist Type Material Notes
Wfm duke of wellington.jpg Monument to the Duke of Wellington 8 October 1844 Carlo Marochetti Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze on grey Peterhead granite

Ingram Street[edit]

George Hutcheson. This and his brother's statue are the oldest public statues in Glasgow

In Ingram Street is Hutchesons' Hospital, on which are the two oldest statues in Glasgow. They are 17th century statues of the two brothers, taken from the original hospital building. George Hutcheson is pictured on the right. Further along Ingram Street is the Italian Centre displaying rather classical looking modern statues by Alexander Stoddart. Inside the centre a distinctively modern man is rather amusingly struck by the same object of interest as his dog.

Woodlands Road[edit]

The Lobey Dosser statue facing Woodlands Road. More pictures at Commons:Category:Lobey Dosser.

Statue of the cartoon character Lobey Dosser as a tribute to his creator Bud Neill, erected by the citizens of Glasgow. The statue depicts Lobey Dosser, the Sheriff of Calton Creek, taking in his handcuffed arch-enemy Rank Bajin, on his horse El Fideldo (Elfie) which only has two legs. Claimed to be the only two-legged equestrian statue in the world.

Partick Interchange[edit]

G.I. Bride statue in Partick station.

Bud Neill's G.I. Bride character from the Lobey Dosser series is depicted with her baby Ned, forever trying to thumb a lift from Calton Creek in Arizona back to Partick. The statue was erected in Partick station in 2011.[3]


  • McKenzie, R., Sculpture in Glasgow:an illustrated handbook Glasgow The Foulis Archive Press 1999 ISBN 0-9537149-0-X.
  • Williamson, E., Riches, A., and Higgs, M., The Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow Penguin Books London 1990 ISBN 0-300-09674-7.


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