Clan badge of the Bowman family

The Dundee firm of Whytock & Sons had a large shop in the town centre in the mid 19th century and was an important part of city life.

Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Diameter: 7.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£306 ( Total: £408)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Lyon & Turnbull

This clan badge takes the conventional garter form with the motto 'SUBLIMIA CURES' [possible translation: Take a care for the Sublime] with the crest of a cupid shooting an arrow. Both the crest and the motto are associated with the Bowman family. The cupid is in the form of a Negro boy dressed in skins which may indicate that the family was connected with the slave industry.

Provenance

Dr William Guthrie; by descent.

Venue details

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum Albert Square, Meadowside, DUNDEE Tayside DD1 1DA 01382 307200 www.themcmanus-dundee.gov.uk

Entry details

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