James McIntosh Patrick

Stobo Kirk

About this artwork

In the late 1930s, McIntosh Patrick made a number of works featuring Stobo Kirk, a twelfth century church near Peebles, south of Edinburgh. The vertical format of this painting works to frame the bell tower, making it appear larger and more imposing than it is in reality. This was part of the artist’s practice, where he would make meticulous sketches and watercolours of the scene which were later reworked in his Dundee studio. He would select the elements he wanted to depict, editing out those which he felt disrupted the overall composition.  In this painting, he has removed the stairway and entrance on the side of the tower.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Stobo Kirk
  • date created:
    1939
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    47.00 x 30.00 cm (framed: 60.50 x 50.70 x 5.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland
  • accession number:
    GML 1444
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  • subject:
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James McIntosh Patrick

James McIntosh Patrick