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  • Scottish Art
Frances Macdonald MacNair was a key figure in the Glasgow Style movement of around 1890-1910, alongside Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret Macdonald (Charles’ wife and Frances Macdonald’s sister) and James Herbert MacNair (Frances’ husband). The date and original title for this work are unknown. It is one of no more than a dozen independent watercolours which survive from the artist’s oeuvre and is one of the most outstanding examples of her work. It is a haunting, enigmatic picture which demonstrates how Scottish artists, such as MacNair, were at the forefront of European symbolist art.

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French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.


The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.


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

Oeuvre, Symbolism, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 5192
  • Medium Watercolour and pencil on vellum
  • Size Framed: 33.00 x 21.00 cm (sight)
  • Credit Purchased 2012