Scottish National Portrait Gallery; cartoons for processional frieze (From Mungo Park to James Bruce)
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery; cartoons for processional frieze (From Mungo Park to James Bruce) Drawn about 1898
In the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall, along the first-floor ambulatory runs a processional or pageant frieze that depicts many famous Scots in reverse chronological order. Starting with Thomas Carlyle, it was designed as a ‘visual encyclopedia’ and includes figures such as David Livingstone, James Watt, Robert Burns, Adam Smith, David Hume, the Stuart monarchs, Robert the Bruce and Saint Ninian. This cartoon shows the section which runs from the explorer, Mungo Park (1771 – 1806), to fellow traveller, James Bruce (1730 - 1794). The artist, William Hole, also painted a series of large-scale murals depicting scenes from Scottish history on the first floor.

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Frieze

Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.

Mural

An artwork or design attached or applied directly to a wall.

Frieze, Mural

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2631 I
  • Medium Sepia wash over pencil on paper
  • Size 35.50 x 66.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984