Chiefswood Cottage at Abbotsford 1831/2
  • Scottish Art
Chiefswood Cottage, on the Abbotsford Estate, was the summer house of Sir Walter Scott's daughter Charlotte Sophia and her husband, the writer and barrister, John Gibson Lockhart. Turner had made a pencil sketch of the scene on his visit to Abbotsford in 1831 and then worked on the vignette the following year shortly after Scott's death. The empty chair under the trees may allude to the departed author. His son in law Lockhart was to write a biography of Scott and the unoccupied writing desk in the sun may refer to this project. The engraved vignette was the title image for volume XVIII of Cadell's 'Works of Sir Walter Scott.'

Glossary Open

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Vignette

An illustration or design that fades into the surrounding space without a definite border. The term originally referred to plant forms that were used to decorate capital letters in manuscripts.

Engraving, Vignette

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 859
  • Medium Watercolour with pen and ink details on paper
  • Size 15.00 x 10.00 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900