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"Whiteinch Library - An Island Again"

Frank McNab, 2009, acrylics on canvas. 56 x 65cm framed (Loaned by the McCartney Collection.)

 All the features in the picture - the glass-topped tables, the slanting newspaper reading shelves, and the curved wooden attendant's alcove - can be seen at Whiteinch Library. Whiteinch is called after a sandy island here in the Clyde when the river was much shallower and now the library finds itself an island, surrounded by the expressway and the cul-de-sacs of the housing scheme.

The figure balancing so precariously above the shipyards is the self-taught man of Glasgow, the recurring theme of this exhibition. He symbolises the spirit of learning and personal development in which the community libraries were built.

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