Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation

Scottish Maritime Museum

1 June – 21 October 2018

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See the first full showing of a new national collection capturing life along Scotland's coastline in all its grit and glory.

William Lionel Wyllie, The Grand Fleet in the Firth of Forth after the Armistice, 1920

Over 100 artworks including oil paintings, watercolours, sketches, photography, sculpture and mixed media have been gathered over the last three years to form a nationally significant collection centred on the Scottish coastline.

Works are drawn from the first half of the 19th century, the oldest being On the Clyde by James Francis Williams, painted in 1830, through to the early 21st century. Portraying all aspects of life on and by the water, striking depictions of the oil and shipbuilding industires are displayed alongside tranquil scenes of fishing boats and travel posters promoting days out ‘doon the watter’. Haunting memorials to lives lost at sea in both war and peacetime are juxtaposed with island seascapes.

Also featured is a display of recently acquired works by William Lionel Wyllie RA, including The Grand Fleet in the Firth of Forth after the Armistice.

This exhibition is part of RA250, supported by Art Fund.

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