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Highland Wedding at Blair Atholl

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Highland Wedding at Blair Atholl 1780

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This was painted after Allan's return from Italy, and was the first of his many Scottish genre subjects. Niel Gow, the celebrated violin player, composer and collector of music, takes his place amongst the musicians; Gow's services were retained by the Duke of Atholl, for a fee of £5 a year. The tartan worn in this picture was done so illegally, for highland dress had been proscribed after the Jacobite rising of 1745 in an Act not repealed until 1782.

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A French term that denotes different types of paintings, such as landscape, portrait or still life. The phrase ‘genre painting’ is used specifically to describe works depicting everyday scenes.


Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.

Genres, Jacobite


  • Acc. No. NGL 001.81
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size Framed: 115.00 x 166.00 cm
  • Credit Long loan in 1981