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Scottish Artists

From Caledonia to the Continent

Deborah Clarke and Vanessa Remington

 208 pages

Perhaps the most thought-provoking show in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival.

Daily Telegraph

Cover of Scottish Artists

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Paperback, 210 x 210 mm, 150 illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 20 1

Monarchs from George III onward have collected works by Scottish artists — paintings and drawings that now form a distinct group within the Royal Collection, and provide a fascinating way to explore developments in both British artistic styles and in royal patronage.

The works in this book provide evidence of what, in 1843, the painter Sir David Wilkie called ‘the taste for art’ in Scottish culture, and highlight the influence and importance, both internationally and at home, of artists such as Allan Ramsay, who was born and trained in Edinburgh and become painter to King George III, and later figures such as Sir Francis Grant, David Roberts, John Phillip, Alexander Nasmyth, and James Giles.

Deborah Clarke is Senior Curator, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Vanessa Remington is former Senior Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust. 

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Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

'Scottish Artists' brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria.

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Highlights from the publication

Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

The Defence of Saragossa

Allan Ramsay (1713-84)

George III (1738-1820)

Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

The Penny Wedding

Sir Joseph Noël Paton (1821-1901)

Home (The Return from the Crimea)

James Giles (1801-70)

A View of Balmoral

David Roberts (1796-1864)

A View in Cairo

John Phillip (1817-67)

The Dying Contrabandista

Kenneth Macleay (1802-78)

William Ross

Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930)

In the Orchard