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A Scottish Roadside Scene

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A Scottish Roadside Scene

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This painting of a lowland roadside scene does not represent an actual place or occurrence. The figures appear in a pen and ink drawing with a background of sea and sailing boats, which is permanently on loan to the Scottish National Gallery from the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA 249). This painting not only shows Geikie’s powers of invention, as he has imagined those figures in new surroundings and with colourful clothing, but it also displays his great ability to capture the nuances of gesture and expression. The figures in this scene exhibit a variety of emotions and activities, from the thoughtful elderly man sitting on the rock, to the attentive young man near him, and the cheerful woman in the wagon.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. NG 1825
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 40.60 x 61.00 cm (framed: 59.50 x 79.20 x 8.40 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Harold S Geikie 1935