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Kirkcudbright Castle


MacLellan's Castle in Kirkcudbright was started in the 1580's by Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie. The building was never properly finished after his family fell on leaner times in the 17th Century. By the start of the 18th Century the castel had been deserted.


The artist David Gauld was born and trained in Glasgow but his interest in the decorative aspects of painting drew him to the Kirkcudbright School of artists. One can see in this painting some of the decorative techniques these artists used - broad brush strokes, areas of flat colour and lines outlining shapes. 


Gauld was also a stained glass designer and was a friend of Charles Rennie MacIntosh.

oil on canvas
615 x 840mm
The Dick Institute
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