January Light: cupolas

The cupola above adorns Holmwood House in Glasgow’s South Side. Now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Holmwood is a unique villa designed by Glasgow’s second most famous architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, and built in 1857-8 for James Couper, a local businessman. Its skylight is perfect for Becky’s January Squares Challenge – words ending in light.

I originally intended to use the cupola from Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, this part of which was built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord who made his fortune through the triangular slave trade. However, I showed it to Becky on her recent visit and she got in first by including it in the challenge herself! But what the heck – here it is as a bonus skylight.

40 thoughts on “January Light: cupolas

  1. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) January 29, 2020 / 20:34

    Is the “Greek” nickname because of his fondness for Greek architecture? I can’t imagine it’s derived from Alexander!

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  2. BeckyB January 26, 2020 / 17:17

    Wonderful Anabel . . . . so glad you still kept to cuploas for us

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  3. Su Leslie January 25, 2020 / 10:39

    Both are beautiful. Are those photos hanging from Modern Art Gallery cuppola?

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  4. Erica/Erika January 25, 2020 / 01:57

    I believe it is win/win for your readers, Anabel. We have the opportunity to see photos of additional skylights. Interesting, unique photos.

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