People's Palace / Doulton Fountain

Photo: Alan Crumlish

A.B. MacDonald / Arthur E. Pearce

1898 / 1890

Category A Listed

As its name suggests, the People’s Palace tells Glasgow’s story and its collection is large and varied. As befits its use, the building is rich in sculptural detail including figures representing the arts, science and industry. The spectacular conservatory, the Winter Gardens, extends behind.

The impressive centrepiece to the little piazza fronting the People’s Palace is the largest terracotta fountain in the world. Originally created for Glasgow’s first Great Exhibition at Kelvingrove in 1888 it was later removed to the Green. Meticulously restored, its statuary of colonial groups, soldiers and water bearers are intricately detailed. Queen Victoria presides over the whole magnificent composition.