Stirling Station by William Kennedy

Kennedy was one a group of around twenty artists known as The Glasgow Boys.


Oil on canvas Dimensions: 54 x 81.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £236,969; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Andrew McIntosh Patrick through the Fine Art Society

The group had great admiration for Whistler which is abundantly clear in this evening scene with its overtones of Whistler's nocturnes. Kennedy painted this work while staying at Stirling and introduces a feeling of movement and excitement in the foreground figures to contrast with the areas of delicate greys, touched by the evening sun and the glow of the locomotives' fires. The work is also interesting from a social perspective as it is a rare record of the customs of the travelling public in Victorian times and a unique depiction of the Scottish railways.


Mrs EN Mackay by 1939; Mrs Violet Mackay by 1968; Andrew McIntosh Patrick, circa 1969-1970.

Venue details

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow Strathclyde G3 8AG 0141 276 9599

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