About this artwork

This scene is a combination of different parts of Spain as seen by Fleming on his travels in the country. It was originally identified as a view of Toledo, but it includes a bullring and a square from Segovia, a town north of Madrid. Fleming travelled in Spain from 1929-30 on a scholarship from Glasgow School of Art. At the time he was fascinated by the work of El Greco and visited Toledo, the home city of El Greco and subject of many of his paintings. Although this etching was made several years after Fleming’s travels, he often worked from memory and believed it was an important skill. He introduced memory drawing into the teaching at Glasgow School of Art while he was a lecturer there.

  • title:
    Spanish Village
  • accession number:
    GMA 2543
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  • materials:
    Etching and drypoint on paper
  • date created:
    About 1934
  • measurements:
    18.90 x 21.40 cm (paper 23.90 x 25.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1982
  • copyright:
    © THE FLEMING FAMILY

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming