Traquair House, Peebleshire
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Traquair House, Peebleshire
  • Scottish Art
Sir George Reid was considered one of the finest draughtsmen of his day, and noted for his subtle use of monochrome washes to capture the effect of light in his landscape studies. This sketch shows the rear entrance to Traquair House near, Peebles in the Scottish Borders. It is reputedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. In the foreground is a tributary of the River Tweed, and the open gates are almost identical to Traquair's famous Bear Gates, which are located at the front of the house. After Bonnie Prince Charles had stayed at Traqauir in 1745, these gates were locked and were not to be opened again until a Stuart sat on the Scottish throne once more. They have remained locked ever since.

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Draughtsmanship

The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.

Monochrome

An image made with a single colour.

The Stuarts (The Stewarts)

The Stewarts / Stuarts were a Scottish royal dynasty that began with Robert II in the late fourteenth century. In 1603, with the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England, James VI became James I of England. The Stuart reign saw a brief interruption with the republican Commonwealth due to the English Civil War, which followed Charles I’s execution in 1649, but it was restored in 1660 with Charles II as king. After the 1707 Acts of Union, the Stuarts became the heads of state of the newly created Great Britain. However, with childless Queen Anne’s death in 1714 the crown passed to the House of Hanover. The variant in spelling, from Stewart to Stuart, was due to Mary, Queen of Scots adopting the latter, French spelling, when she lived in France. This became the standard for future generations.

Draughtsmanship, Monochrome, The Stuarts (The Stewarts)

Details

  • Acc. No. D 3730
  • Medium Pen and grey wash over pencil on paper
  • Size 29.40 x 22.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1929