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The Spell

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  • Scottish Art
This unusual image reflects the personal interests of the artist. William Fettes Douglas, a keen collector of armour and Scottish antiquities, was fascinated by alchemy and mysticism. Here, a magician is trying to raise the spirit of a dead man. The bare stone walls, with their strange carvings, are slightly disconcerting, as is the moonlight lighting up the room with a surreal intensity.

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  • Acc. No. NG 779
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.50 x 157.00 cm (Framed: 105.50 x 183.80 x 12.20 cm)
  • Credit Presented by James T Gibson-Craig 1886