Where ‘Picture’ Gordon once looked down: Charles Oakley, ‘Dear Old Glasgow Town’, 1975

In his 1975 publication, Dear Old Glasgow Town, Charles Oakley refers to one of Glasgow’s most important, but often overlooked, art collectors. Under the heading ‘Where ‘Picture’ Gordon once looked down, Oakley wrote: “One of the desirable plots laid out in the original Buchanan Street arrangement had been bought by Alexander Gordon, nicknamed because of his odd habit of buying pictures and other works of art – a strange thing to do by his fellow citizens’ way of thinking. Here he had built his house in 1804 and cultivated his avenue of trees which has since become an offshoot of Buchanan Street … [Gordon Street].”


Charles A. Oakley, Dear Old Glasgow Town, 1975, page 52.