An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Queen Mary's House, Jedburgh.
A beautiful watercolour painting showing, in the centre of the picture, the 16th-century L-shaped tower house that was visited and lived in by Mary Queen of Scots in 1566, and which is now a visitor centre telling the Queen's story. On watercolour paper laid down on backing paper.
Unsigned. The painting is accompanied by a separate fragment of paper with the inscription 'Queen Mary's House, Jedburgh'.
In good condition for its age.
12.3cm x 17.8cm.
This work comes from an attractive collection of landscape views, painted in watercolour, made on a tour of Scotland some time in the nineteenth century. The images vary between landscape views of Scottish towns, especially Kelso, and detailed architectural studies, in particular of some of the ruined abbeys in the area, such as those at Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose. The late nineteenth century saw an explosion in internal travel within the UK, fuelled by the newly built railways, and leading to a rediscovery of aspects of British history. The former abbeys of Scotland were a particular draw – with their sublime architecture fallen into dilapidation, they were a prime site for those travellers and artists with a Romantic taste for picturesque ruin, and evoked the pious Medieval Scotland that was the subject of many novels by Sir Walter Scott. The freshness and loose handling of the paintings in our collection would seem to confirm that they were made on the spot, and as such are direct witnesses to what they show.
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Product code: JH-897