Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
David Cation
(fl. 1737-56)
Little is know about Cation (pron: Caution) other than that he worked for Allan Dreghorn and Mungo Naismith on two major building projects in Glasgow in the 18th century.

These were the Town Hall, later known as the Tontine Hotel, for which he carved five grotesque keystone heads which, from 1781, were known as the Tontine Heads (1737-40, removed c. 1860, relocated 1994-6), and St Andrew's Parish Church, St Andrew's Square, for which he carved a colossal Glasgow Arms in the typanum of the building's pediment and its Corinthian capitals and urns (1739-56).

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Works in our Database:
#396 1: Castle Street (Townhead),
St Nicholas Garden, in the L-shaped cloister
Thirteen Keystone Masks,
including 'Tontine Heads' (1737-42)

Sculptor: D Cation;
Architect of Town Hall (later Tontine Hotel): A Dreghorn
2: St Andrews Square (Calton),
Former St Andrew's in the Field's Church
Glasgow Arms in the Pediment (1739-56, restored 2001)
Sculptor: D Cation; Architect: A Dreghorn
 
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