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A Riverbank at Corrie, Arran

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A Riverbank at Corrie, Arran 1866

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Herdman's detailed description of the riverbank, with a glimpse of a distant mountain slope, captures the varied colours and textures of the vegetation, rocky terrain and the sparkling reflections of the water. He seems aware of the influential critic and artist John Ruskin's work and his insistence on the importance of close observation and truth to nature. His friend Joseph Noel Paton, a close associate of the pre-Raphaelite painter Millais, may have encouraged this. The island of Arran with its magnificent scenery and fascinating geology inspired many artists and Corrie was a favourite base for Herdman's family holidays.

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Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

A group of mid-19th century English artists inspired by the simplicity of pre-Renaissance Italian art, the name meaning 'before Raphael'. They favoured a close observation of nature and rejected academic rules. They drew on literature for subject matter and were closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Members included John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


  • Acc. No. D 5049
  • Medium Watercolour and bodycolour on paper
  • Size 34.20 x 50.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1978