Lockdown art appreciation.
Before I became hooked on vintage photography, it was Glasgow etchings that made their mark on my heart. Cheap to buy, often to be found in junk shops or auction rooms, and usually overlooked, they became an inexpensive way to line my walls.
It also gave me the excuse to ask certain young ladies if they would 'like to see my etchings?'.
At the start of the 1900s, Glasgow enjoyed a spectacular revival of the etchers' art, with various local lads finding fame and fortune with their plates.
One of the masters was Muirhead Bone, who did this wonderful cross-river view of the Gorbals, in 1907.
I've known this image all my life, as it belonged to my late dad, and used to hang in our downstairs cludgie.
Bone went on to become Britain's first official War Artist.
A few years ago, I just missed out at auction on a copy of his magnum opus 'Fifty Views of Glasgow'. As the price nudged over the £200 mark, I dropped out. Silly me; now good copies often go for five times that.
Today, in my front hall, Bone rubs shoulders with some of his contemporaries - Tom Maxwell, Wilfred Appleby, AP Thomson, John Nisbet - each offering an intricate and finely worked window into Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow.