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Falkland Palace and the Howe of Fife About 1639

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Originally a castle of the MacDuff family, Falkland became a royal residence during the reign of James II (1430-1460). James V (1512-1542) was responsible for turning it into an elegant Renaissance palace, adding a tennis court in 1539. His daughter Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) liked to retreat to Falkland from the pressures of life in Edinburgh. This view was painted around 1639 at the request of Charles I. It is one of the first realistic depictions of the Scottish countryside.

Glossary Open


A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.



  • Acc. No. PG 2409
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 45.60 x 68.60 cm (fd tech: 60 x 83.5 x 9.1cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1977