Scope and Contents
This volume of Adam White’s set of eight scrapbook albums contains 231 items mounted on 179 pages.
Geographically the album covers west central Scotland. Beginning with the burgh of Stirling, its Castle and other antiquities, and the upper Forth valley, the itinerary moves on to the city of Glasgow, with depictions of its commercial and public buildings and its cathedral. The Clyde valley is represented in antiquities such as Bothwell Castle and beauty spots such as Cory Linn.
Coverage continues with Paisley and the Clydeside towns of Greenock and Dumbarton with its Rock and Castle and the journey concludes with rural Dunbartonshire and the scenery of Loch Lomondside.
The depictions of packed shipping and steamboats on the Clyde and the intrusion of factory chimneys into urban townscapes speak of the growth of industry and commerce in the West of Scotland. White nods to this industrial progress with cuttings from the Penny Magazine describing a Glasgow dyeworks and a carpet factory, and his prints include an eighteenth-century view of David Dale’s cotton mills at New Lanark.
However, no doubt reflecting the imagery available to him as well as his own interests, White’s emphasis is as ever on topography, architecture and antiquities, historical and literary references, and spectacular landscape.
The original drawings in this volume include a series of nine 'Sketches for a Panorama of the Clyde’ by the theatre designer Henry Hillyard and three drawings by Montague Stanley. The prints include a copy of the antiquarian William Stukeley’s caricature attacking the destruction of the Roman temple Arthur’s O’on (Stenhouse, Falkirk) in 1743.