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Fast Castle from above

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Fast Castle from above 1823


  • Scottish Art
Fast Castle, which stands on a rocky promontory on the Berwickshire coast, was generally taken to be the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's imaginary castle of Wolf's Crag in the novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor'. Thomson and Scott were firm friends, and in 1823 Thomson presented the writer with one of his paintings of Fast Castle. He made at least eleven pictures of the castle from diverse vantage points and in different weather conditions. Here, the old castle ruin stands proudly against the menacing sky and rough sea. Three small figures in the foreground call out to a person, possibly a woman, running down the hill-side, adding an underlying sentiment of uneasiness, mystery and danger.


  • Acc. No. NG 2412
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.00 x 106.40 cm (framed: 105.40 x 134.60 x 12.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1981