Michael Andrews

Edinburgh (Old Town)

About this artwork

This is one of Andrews's last major works. Instead of painting the familiar view of Edinburgh Castle from the north, Andrews shows its more forbidding south-facing aspect. The area below is known as the Grassmarket, and it is here that public hangings were held and mob violence erupted. The painting is a combination of several views of the area. The site of the gallows is commemorated by a walled enclosure which can be seen in the centre foreground, to the left of the telephone box. The drips of paint are suggestive of the tears and the rain that are part of the history of the location.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Edinburgh (Old Town)
  • date created:
    1990 - 1993
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    183.00 x 274.30 cm (framed: 194.40 x 286.60 x 7.10 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1993
  • accession number:
    GMA 3697
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews