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Morning Over the Moorfoots
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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Morning Over the Moorfoots About 1920

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This spectacular shot of the landscape around Peebles highlights Buckham’s willingness to fly in the depths of winter despite the freezing conditions in the plane’s open cockpit. Although unbearably cold, he recalled that “the air… is so splendidly exhilarating that the discomfort is little felt until the blood begins to circulate freely again”. The sense of scale is enhanced in this image with the small silhouette of a biplane visible against a wispy, white cloud. This is an example of Buckham’s artistic manipulation of his images, which included combining atmospheric photographs of the sky with his landscape shots alongside painted aircraft, all of which enhance the composition.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Composition, Silhouette


  • Acc. No. PGP 197.15
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 38.30 x 46.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008