Cabbage Garden by Arthur Melville

This work is the first painting that Melville exhibited at the Royal Academy, and a work in which he signalled a radical advance in his own development.


Oil on canvas
46 x 30.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £35,757; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Andrew McIntosh Patrick through the Fine Art Society

In this picture he not only located his work specifically in East Lothian but also illustrated his awareness of European artistic developments, especially the work of Barbizion and Hague school artists. Furthermore, it can be seen as a precedent for Guthrie's iconic 'A Hind's Daughter', a centrepiece of the National Gallery of Scotland's world class Glasgow school collection.


James Hunter Annandale, circa 1906; ?private collection, 1916; Daniel Shackleton, 1967; Fine Art Society, 1976; Andrew Patrick McIntosh collection.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200

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