Wendy Wood, 1892 - 1981. Scottish Nationalist
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Wendy Wood, 1892 - 1981. Scottish Nationalist 1959
  • Scottish Art
A founder member of the National Party of Scotland, later the Scottish Nationalist Party, Wendy Wood campaigned for the cause of an independent Scotland for over half a century. She was also a practising artist who had trained with Walter Sickert and she regularly sent work to the Royal Scottish Academy. Wood was a close friend of St John Caddell with whom she shared a studio in Edinburgh. When this portrait was exhibited in 1959, it had the alternative title 'The Patriot'.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. PG 2673
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.40 x 71.20 cm (framed: 109.00 x 89.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1985