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The Irish Jig
© The Estate of William Wilson

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The Irish Jig 1948

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This lively stained-glass window was originally situated in Wilson's home in Belford Mews, Edinburgh. The artist designed and made windows such as this as a break from his religious stained-glass commissions. The composition revolves around the central figure of the fiddler, with the other figures dancing and playing instruments, while a dog howls at the bottom. Wilson's fragmentary representation of the figures and expressive colour and imagery are paralleled in contemporary Scottish painting, for example the work of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


Any act of representation in words, images, music or other means, particularly the representation of emotions or feelings in a lively manner.

Commission, Composition, Expression


  • Acc. No. GMA 3660
  • Medium Stained-glass panel
  • Size 91.00 x 76.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1992