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J.K. Rowling, b. 1965. Author
© Murdo Macleod

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J.K. Rowling, b. 1965. Author 2000

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
J.K. Rowling shot to fame in 1997 with the publication of the first of seven ‘Harry Potter’ books. The critically acclaimed series has since had world-wide success. Growing up in England and Wales, Rowling always had a passion for writing and her idea for Harry Potter emerged during a long train journey in 1990. After moving to Scotland in 1993, Rowling often wrote in Edinburgh cafes, and the city has remained her home ever since. This photograph of the writer is typical of MacLeod’s style in its slightly surreal atmosphere, intriguing props and theatrical lighting. The viewer is encouraged to question the gargoyle in Rowling’s arms, her hand placed deliberately on her chest in a way that echoes the gargoyle’s hand on its face.


  • Acc. No. PGP 220.2
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size Image size: 21.60 x 29.40 cm; mounted size: 40.50 x 55.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2000