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The Music of the Woods

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The Music of the Woods 1906

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  • Scottish Art
Hornel has created here a memorable image of delight in the pleasures of nature. The girls are surrounded by an abundance of colourful flowers as they nestle on the forest floor. The thickly applied paint provides a rich, lively texture which catches the light. Hornel painted this type of subject to meet a flourishing demand. The Royal Academy had hoped to buy it for the national collection of British art from the collector Sir Hugh Reid, who had bought the painting immediately on completion. He later presented it to the Scottish National Gallery.

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Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

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  • Acc. No. NG 1814
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 121.00 x 151.10 cm
  • Credit Presented by Sir Hugh Reid 1934