Caroline Miller

Duncan Williamson, 1928-2007. Scottish author and storyteller

About this artwork

Born in 1928 on the shores of Loch Fyne, Duncan Williamson was the seventh of 16 children. At the age of 15 he set out to begin a traveller's life on the road. On his travels, Williamson began to collect stories from people from all walks of life and eventually memorised over 3000. He became a master storyteller of international fame, travelling extensively to festivals all over the world. After Williamson’s death in November 2007, his publisher, Stephanie Wolfe-Murray of Canongate described him as ‘number one – head and shoulders above anyone else in his field…uniquely gifted with a keen sense of poetry and above all else a passion for wonder.’ Fladmark , who studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, became a good friend of Williamson during his life. She painted his portrait against the landscape around Loch Fyne in Argyll.

  • title:
    Duncan Williamson, 1928-2007. Scottish author and storyteller
  • accession number:
    PG 3398
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1993
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 63.50 cm (framed: 69.50 x 57.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Gifted by the son of Professor Magnus Fladmark, 2004
  • copyright:
    © Estate of the Artist