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The Drawings of Alasdair Macfarlane

By A. MacFarlane

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£40.00

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ISBN:
978-0-85174-523-7
Published date:
First published 1986

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Bibliographic Notes

This book contains 169 scraperboard drawings of Clyde Built ships and is representative of the range of vessels built on the river during the post war boom period from 1948 to 1960. Each drawing is accompanied by a clear text, identifying the ship, the builder, the owner, the gross tonnage and the year built.

The artist, the late Alasdair Macfarlane, was born on the Scottish island of Tiree in 1902 and after a short seafaring career settled in Glasgow in 1929. For the next thirty years he served with the Clyde Navigation Trust, utilising most of his free time in furthering his knowledge of art, experimenting in a variety of mediums and producing works commissioned by a growing clientele. All the drawings in this unique collection were produced during the nineteen fifties and apart from one short but successful exhibition held in January 1980, at the Greenock Arts Guild, When part of the collection was on display, the pictures have remained out of sight for the past twenty five years.

All the drawings in this unique collection were produced during the nineteen fifties and apart from one short but successful exhibition held in January 1980, at the Greenock Arts Guild, When part of the collection was on display, the pictures have remained out of sight for the past twenty five years.

Scraperboard is a form of art-work which requires a considerable degree of skill and patience and in this series of drawings Alasdair Macfarlane combines these qualities with a wide knowledge of ships and an eye for detail.

Just how dramatically the shipbuilding industry has declined on the Clyde during the past thirty years can be seen on the contents page which lists the names of twenty two internationally known shipbuilders who had ships under construction on Clydeside in the fifties.

Apart from the artistic content the book will be of considerable interest to lovers of the sea and ships.