About this artwork

This is one of the earliest known representations of the landscape of the Western Isles of Scotland. The painting shows the newly built port of Stornoway on the island of Lewis, with a view of the inner harbour looking across the bay. A fleet of herring ships, a clipper, and the grazing cattle and sheep, together convey the growing prosperity of a town rapidly becoming the most important port in the north west of Scotland.

  • title:
    A View of Stornoway
  • accession number:
    PG 3291
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1798
  • measurements:
    84.00 x 117.50 cm (framed: 99.90 x 132.00 x 7.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2002
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

James Barret

James Barret

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