About this artwork

The Scottish National Pageant was held at Saughton, Edinburgh, on June 13, 1908. The pageant had a resemblance to English folk ceremonies with an arbitrary cast of characters, including Father Christmas and St George. Those participating are George Walton, Mrs Walton, George Davison, Alfred Longden, John Hassall, E. A. Walton, Mrs Hassall and Nellie Henderson. These figures worked closely together as artists, designers and patrons. At this time, contemporary dress was stiff and formal. This may help to explain the group’s enthusiasm for fancy dress and amateur acting – it offered a way of escaping the present into a world of lavish fantasy.

Edward Drummond Young

Edward Drummond Young