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Galloway Travellers

The sketch

Period:
Early 20th Century
Description:
The sketch for the title page of ‘The Tinkler-Gypsies of Galloway’ shows a Traveller family at Blackcraig, Newton Stewart. The illustration, drawn by Dr Hamilton Irving of Huddersfield, includes the figure of a priest following a Traveller’s wagon. This might refer to the Catholic priest who appears in Lavengro, the autobiography of the Victorian writer and gypsyologist George Borrow. McCormick was influenced by Borrow’s work and published an article in The Gallovidian magazine on his mentor’s tour through Galloway in 1866.
Place of Production:
Newton Stewart area
Materials/Media:
glass lantern slides
Dimensions:
31/4" x 31/4" (82mm x 82mm)
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
N2000_04_29
Digital Number:
SRPG066n
Creation Date:
around 1905
Copyright:
The Artist's Family