About this artwork

Chalmers’s painting shows a scene from Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘The Pirate’. The old seer Ulla Troil (also known as Norna) speaks to a group of children. Among them are the young Minna and Brenda, who both grow up into beautiful ladies and fall in love with two of the main characters. Chalmers began this painting about 1864, and the head of Ulla Troil may belong to this period of work. However, the picture was subjected to successive revisions, including a fairly drastic scraping out and repainting of the group of children and the artist seems to have been attempting to incorporate more colour and atmosphere into the shadows. At his death it still remained unfinished.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Legend
  • date created:
    Begun about 1864 - 1867
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    (framed: 130.50 x 180.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased by RAPFAS 1878; transferred 1897
  • accession number:
    NG 657
  • gallery:
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

George Paul Chalmers

George Paul Chalmers