28th Sep, 2023 10:30

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

 
  Lot 54
 

* DAVID CURRIE
THE GORY BELLS, GORBALS

oil on canvas, signed
framed

image size 59cm x 79cm, overall size 80cm x 100cm

Note: Extract from Evening Times, Glasgow, 2 August 2023, describing the area depicted in the lot: Its historic reputation included spells of extreme poverty and slums, but that is only a small part of this famous Glasgow neighbourhood’s story....The Gorbals originated as a small, mostly pastoral settlement named Brigend, so called as it lay just south of a wooden bridge over the Clyde from what is now Stockwell Street. Its lands stretched down to the modern day Govanhill and were owned by the church. A stone bridge paid for by local Bishop Rae replaced the wooden one in 1345. There are several theories about the meaning of the placename Gorbals. Some say that it’s related to the Latin term ‘garbale’ for sheaf, and the Scots Gaelic term ‘garbal teind’ referring to payment to the church in the form of sheaves of grain. More fanciful, perhaps, is the idea it refers to the clappers used by lepers to warn others of their presence, or the ‘glory bells’ rung at the lepers’ hospital in remembrance of wealthy donors. A leprosy hospital and chapel were established at the southern end of Brigend in 1350, dedicated to St Ninian and operating until the 1600s. Records show that King James IV gave alms to the hospital in 1491. The chapel remained standing near to today’s Citizen Theatre until it was demolished in the 19th century."

 

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Sold for £200
Estimated at £200 - £400


 
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