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Sunset over the Pentlands Range
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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Sunset over the Pentlands Range About 1920

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Buckham was the leading aerial photographer of his day and was renowned for his atmospheric shots of the landscape. He felt that the most spectacular cloud formations and dramatic light could be captured on “stormy days, with bursts of sunshine and occasional showers of rain”. Over the years Buckham amassed a vast collection of photographs of skies which he could integrate with a separate landscape photograph to enhance the drama and create a more impressive composition. This photograph of the landscape over the Pentlands Hills near Edinburgh demonstrates this technique. It also illustrates another feature of Buckham’s photographs in the perfectly positioned silhouette of a biplane against the broken clouds, which Buckham would have painted on later.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Composition, Silhouette


  • Acc. No. PGP 197.13
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 46.00 x 38.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008