"After the Shipyard at Elderpark"

Frank McNab, 2009, acrylics on canvas. 40 x 50cm.

The self-taught man has just finished a Saturday nightshift at the yards in Govan and is now standing among the columns of Elderpark waiting for the library to open on a sunny Sunday morning (one of the original conditions of Lady Isobel Elder's bequest was that the library should open on a Sunday!). He is reading Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubaiyat:

            Awake! for morning in the Bowl of Night

            Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight.

Situated in its own park, Elderpark Library is one of the most beautiful places in Glasgow.