Margaret Shirra and Son

We know little of the details of this mother and child portrait, which is in the Smith collections and is currently on show in the Stirling Heads Exhibition.  Margaret Shirra (nee Low) was the wife of James Shirra (1812-1888), a Stirling draper.  The portrait was painted by Stirling-born artist Sir

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Agnes Smith Greig, George Harvey and Sir Daniel McNee

  For the next few weeks, portraits of Stirling people from the Stirling Smith collections are on show in the Smith.  This is the engagement portrait of Agnes, daughter of the Reverend Christopher Greig of St Ninians Parish Church.  Aged 28, she married the advocate Alexander Stuart Logan. The painting

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Childhood Past – Edwardian Stirling

This drawing comes from a handful of letters, written by Dick Partridge of Forthside House, Stirling, for two little girls, Janet and Marion Wilson, who lived in King’s Park.  His poem about Pat’s Hat is told and illustrated in alternate letters written in January and February 1900 and intended to

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A Stitch in Rhyme

   Poetry is the theme of the new exhibition which opens at the Smith this Saturday.  Doing the honours will be Lesley Duncan: poet, Stirling resident, and Poetry Editor of the Herald.  Lesley is already represented in the Smith’s collection with a portrait by artist Lys Hansen.  The exhibition features

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Wolves return to Stirling

Ava- half wolf half husky-will hear her ancestors howling for the first time in a pop-up art event, a sound installation, in the Ailie garden of the Smith museum and gallery on Friday 3 May 7-9 pm organised by Creative Stirling. Her owner, Amanda Taylor from Cowie, says 2-year-old Ava

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International Recognition for The Stirling Smith Collections

International Recognition for the Stirling Smith Collections   Whilst many Scottish Museums have participated in the National Recognition Scheme for museum collections, the Stirling Smith has been given the gift of international recognition.   For over a year, the Smith has worked in partnership with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of

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The Art of Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell (1953-2007) died at the tragically early age of 53. Had he lived, he would have been 60 this month. Shown here is his painting “Outside Right at Sunset Gate” purchased for the Stirling Smith collections in 1996, with a grant from the Scottish Arts Council. Campbell often used

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Dunblane Doll’s House, 1940

Shown here is a detail of the Nursery, one of the many rooms in the Dunblane Doll House. Each of the pieces is functional, as well as beautifully detailed. The Nursery has its own Doll’s House (on the left), a rocking horse which rocks, a bed, cot, and tea table.

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Wolf’s Tooth Baby Rattle

After two years in Spittal Street, the internationally important Neish Collection of British Pewter will be displayed in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, later this year. Shown here is a small item from it, a baby rattle dating to the 1540s. The rattle opens into a ball shape

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North Sea Oil

Why does the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum have two sample bottles of North Sea Oil, when Stirling is quite a distance away from the North Sea? As always, the answer lies in Stirling’s geography, right at the heart of Scotland, and a crossing point of all major roads.

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