The Young Artists – James Robert Wallace Orr (1907-1992)

James Robert Wallace Orr (1907-1992) was a well-known Scottish artist who trained at the Glasgow School of Art, 1929-33. Apart from war service with the RAF, he earned his living as an artist, working in Glasgow, Kirkcudbright, Helensburgh and Prestwick. He spent the last ten years of his life at

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Bannockburn 700 lecture

At 12 noon on Thursday 1 May, poet Robert Crawford will speak in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314 – 2014, which is the subject of his latest book. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Scotland’s leading poets

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Bridge of Allan Golf Course

Bridge of Allan Golf Course

With the Ryder Cup exhibition in the Stirling Smith, we continue to explore the local story of golf.  The Bridge of Allan Golf Course was laid out by the famous Old Tom Morris in 1895, on ground selected by him.  Shown here is Edmund Pullar declaring the extended course open

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400-600AD Early Christian Grave Marker, Port of Menteith

Early Christian Grave Marker

This important early Christian grave marker, discovered by farmer Mr A.M. Paterson on his land at Ballangrew Farm, Port of Menteith in 1975, is evidence of early Christian belief in the Stirling area.  It dates from 400-600AD and is one of the earliest surviving Christian stones.  It was acquired for

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A Heavenly Gift, June Carey RSW

A Heavenly Gift, June Carey RSW

An important new work of art is installed in the Stirling Smith later this week.  ‘A Heavenly Gift’ has been made by artist June Carey, who lives and works in Stirling, to celebrate the 140th birthday of the Smith in 2014.  Thomas Stuart Smith, also an artist with Stirling connections,

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Helen Lamb,

The subject today is the ‘Glasgow Girl’ artist Helen Lamb (1893-1981) whose work gave colour and meaning to church services for several generations of worshippers in the Church of Scotland.  She studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and spent most of her working life in Dunblane, with a studio

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Victorian Valentine Fan

An elaborate fan, of machine cut paper lace, was the Valentine message sent by J. Malcolm Allan’s grandfather to his sweetheart in 1889.  The couple married in 1890, and until it was gifted to the Smith in 2002, the Valentine fan was a family treasure.  More versatile than a card,

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Gourlay Feathery Golf Ball

Until 20 March, the Stirling Smith has the privilege of hosting the famous Ryder Cup Heritage exhibition. The ancient Royal Burgh and City of Stirling has golfing heritage of its own. It is recorded in the accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland that on 29 March 1506 James

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The print is one of a large collection in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

Looking to Stirling from St. Ninians

This view dates from the mid 1740s, and is certainly before 1 February 1746, when the retreating Jacobite army accidentally blew up St.Ninian’s Church, leaving only the tower which stands today. Weaver’s Row to the left of the church also still remains. The view is taken from the old Glasgow

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The Wallace Monument and the River Forth, 1898, Edmund Baker

The Wallace Monument and the River Forth, 1898

This painting, by Art Master Edmund Baker (died 1926) of the High School of Stirling, is a recent purchase for the Stirling Smith, with the support of the National Fund for Acquisitions and the Friends of the Smith. Edmund was first employed in the capacity of an assistant in 1889,

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