Old Closes and Streets
Photographs taken by Thomas Annan,
and later reproduced as
photogravures by James Craig Annan
Some of the streets and closes (small lanes)
of Glasgow were in an unhealthy state in the 1860s. There were many
small 1-room homes, built close together, several stories high, with
narrow lanes and open sewers between them . There were high death
rates from typhus, cholera and smallpox.
An urban renewal program for the area was
planned by the Glasgow City Improvement Trust.
was commissioned by the Glasgow City Improvement Trust to record these areas
of the city before the buildings were demolished.
This resulted in a memorable series of photographs being published by
Thomas Annan as albumen prints and then as carbon prints, under the title:
'Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow'
James Craig Annan
A set of fifty images from Thomas Annan's 'Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow'
was re-published by
James Craig Annan as photogravures in
Please click on one of the images above to enlarge all three. They
are taken from the
web site of
the Pennsylvanian art dealer, Paul Cava, who was offering Annan's set of
50 photogravures for sale at US$6,000 in September 2004.
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow has copies both publications: 'Old Closes
and Streets of Glasgow':
- the albumen prints by Thomas Annan and
- the later photogravures by James Craig Annan