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A Highland Dance

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A Highland Dance About 1780

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  • Scottish Art
This beautiful watercolour of a Highland dance is full of joy and vitality. Allan was especially attracted to the image of dancing figures, and throughout his career he produced many drawings of peasants dancing. The graceful pose of the female figure to the right of the central group suggests that Allan was influenced by the classical figures that he encountered during the ten years that he lived in Rome. His natural ability for making rapid sketches of figures and costumes meant that he was often in demand as an illustrator of local festivals and events.

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A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Classicism, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D 5185
  • Medium Brush and watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Size 29.40 x 80.40 cm (framed: 51.90 x 101.50 x 2.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased by the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 1990