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Interior of Rosslyn Chapel, 1842

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Interior of Rosslyn Chapel, 1842 Dated 1842

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Roberts's drawing celebrates the architecture and decoration of Rosslyn Chapel. The drawing refers to two legends that relate to the Chapel's early history and construction. The two dogs that Robert included allude to the St Clair family, who founded the Chapel in 1466. A motif of two dogs is associated with the family because of an old hunting tale. In the left part of the drawing is a column carved with rich foliate designs that ascend in a spiral. This is the 'Prentice Pillar', which according to legend was the work of an apprentice stonemason whose master killed him in a fit of envy on seeing the completed column.

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An ornamental leaf design, often applied to columns and friezes for decorative effect. Foliate designs, usually an architectural feature, may also be represented in drawings, paintings, sculptures and occur in the applied arts.


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Foliate, Motif


  • Acc. No. D 5130
  • Medium Pencil and watercolour with yellow and blue-white heightening on light brown paper
  • Size 25.50 x 35.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984