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  • George Wilson
A Fallen Beech Tree

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A Fallen Beech Tree
  • Scottish Art
In this watercolour Wilson shows the contorted form of a fallen beech tree that he encountered in the countryside. He has concentrated on depicting the twisted branches of the tree and the entwined forms of ferns, leaves, and grasses by the roadside. Wilson gave this watercolour to the physician Sir Thomas Barlow as a gesture of recognition and gratitude for permanently curing his great friend John Nettleship of alcoholism. Throughout his life, Barlow assembled a remarkable collection of English watercolour drawings, and this was subsequently added to by his children. Following the death of his daughter Helen in 1975, fifty-six of these drawings were bequeathed to the Scottish National Gallery.

Glossary Open


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. D 5023.48
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size Irregular: 28.60 x 38.80 cm
  • Credit Miss Helen Barlow Bequest 1976