The Reid Memorial relief allowed Carrick to depart to some extent from the formal approach of his other memorials and produce a more expressive work with portraits imbued with a dramatic and psychological dimension reminiscent of Giotto. The scene is an unusual mix where the stoicism and serenity of classical faces are intermixed with all the individuality and humanity of faces which could be found in any Edinburgh street, or indeed 'Steamie' (the Scots name for the community laundry or 'well' of the 1930's).


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