Saturday, February 01, 2014

Some Scottish Saints

Stewart Carmichael (1867-1950)
The Meeting of Saint Kentigern and Saint Fergus
Oil on canvas
134 x 101 cm
The Orchar Collection,  Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, Dundee

Stewart Carmichael (1867-1950)
A Scottish Saint Praying at the Feet of Christ
Oil on canvas
62 x 51 cm
University of Dundee Fine Art Collections, Dundee 

Robert Inerarity Herdman (1829-1888)
Saint Columba Rescuing a Captive
Oil on canvas
177.8 x 269.2 cm
Perth & Kinross Council, Scotland

Nicolas de Largillière (1656 – March 20, 1746)
Saint Margaret (c.1045–1093), Queen of Scotland
Oil on canvas
135 x 103 cm
The National Trust, Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, England

Between 1888 and 1891 Carmichael travelled and studied in Antwerp, Brussels, Paris and Siena before returning to Dundee. 

He was intensely interested in Scottish literature and history.

Herdman was born at Rattray, Perthshire. He came under the influence of Robert Scott Lauder (1803-1869). Between 1855 and 1856 he spent the best part of the year in Italy, painting Italian peasant scenes in both oil and watercolour.

The French Roccoco artist Nicolas de Largillière trained in Antwerp and London, where he admired the work of Rubens

He was at the court of Charles II and of James II in England before returning to France after the Glorious Revolution. He established a great reputation as a painter of historical scenes and of portraits and was a favourite of Louis XIV

For St Kentigern (St Mungo) see here

For St Columba see here

For St Fergus see here

For St Margaret of Scotland see here and also here