Roslin Castle, Scotland - Original mid-19th-century watercolour painting


An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Roslin Castle, Scotland.

A bright watercolour painting showing the ruins of Roslin (sometimes spelt Rosslyn) Castle in Midlothian, Scotland. The castle is shown from the wooded banks of the North Esk river. Roslin castle is close to the famous Rosslyn Chapel. On watercolour paper laid down on backing paper.

Unsigned. The painting is accompanied by a separate fragment of paper with the inscription 'Roslyn Castle'.
There is a crease down the middle of the paper, as shown. The paper is tipped on to backing paper.
12.5cm x 18cm.

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-894

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