The Palace of the Stuarts
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The Palace of the Stuarts 1898
  • Scottish Art
This print shows Stirling Castle, which provided a home for Scottish Kings and Queens from the days of Alexander I until the Union of the Crowns under King James VI in 1603. The castle was of strategic importance, as it guarded the lowest crossing point on the River Forth, and was well defended on three sides by the rock on which it stands. The natural approach to the Castle is from the south, by the esplanade shown in the foreground of Cameron’s etching. King James IV was responsible for building the magnificent defences known as the Forework, seen in the centre of the print. To the right Cameron included part of the towers of the Gatehouse built between 1501 and 1506. These would have been originally twice the height shown here and topped with conical roofs.

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Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

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Details

  • Acc. No. CAMERON.9
  • Medium Etching on paper
  • Size 23.00 x 30.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1964