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Dunvegan Castle, Skye

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Dunvegan Castle, Skye

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  • Scottish Art
Runciman's pen and ink drawings are among the finest early Scottish Romantic landscapes. This dramatic sketch shows Dunvegan Castle lit up by a flash of lightning during a thunderstorm. Runciman chose a viewpoint from far below the castle rock to heighten the theatrical effect of the scene. The Castle is situated on the Isle of Skye and has been the family home of the chiefs of MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris since 1270. This drawing dates from before the substantial re-modelling of Dunvegan, which took place in the 1840s, when ornamental turrets and modern battlements were added and the whole building altered to satisfy demands for the fashionable 'Baronial' style in Scotland.

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Refers to artworks that emphasise drama and emotion.

Scottish Baronial Style

The Scottish Baronial style represents a nineteenth century revival of architectural forms used in old Scottish tower houses, which were originally castellated for protection. The flourishing of this new style was a romantic expression of Scotland’s architectural history and tradition at a time when national identity was an important agenda in Scotland. The style was predominantly used for large country houses, and incorporated architectural features such as turrets, crowsteps, steep roofs, and the use of vast hewn stone.

Romantic, Scottish Baronial Style


  • Acc. No. D 81
  • Medium Pen on paper
  • Size Arched top: 13.00 x 13.80 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910