St. Thomas

29 December is known as the feast day of St.Thomas Becket (1118-70) who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral 846 years ago. He is depicted in several pilgrim badges, in the Neish Pewter Collection in the Stirling Smith.  The example here shows him as Archbishop of Canterbury.  Another showing his murder,

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Stirling Artists

This column often features paintings which are part of the art history of Stirling and Scotland.  The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum was founded by a practising artist, Thomas Stuart Smith, with his own paintings and works of his contemporaries as the foundation collection.  The Smith, therefore has a

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A Stirling Bike for Christmas

At this time of year, many children are hoping for a bicycle from Santa. The Stirling Smith is no different, and a long – promised bicycle, made by George Elrick of Stirling for 16 year old Dick Clark in 1954 is on its way, with all the accessories. George Elrick

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Beautiful Stirling, Alexander Kellock Brown RSA RSW RI (1849 – 1922)

Featured today is a watercolour by the eminent Glasgow artist, Alexander Kellock Brown RSA RSW RI  (1849 – 1922), purchased recently for the Stirling Smith collections. The artist’s viewpoint is from the Cornton area, looking across the Forth to what was Winshel Place at Laurencecroft (now Drip Road) in the

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Wallace and St Andrew   

Andrew Hay is a well-known Scottish artist with paintings in several museum collections. This work of his is in the Smith collections and depicts the brutal murder of Wallace at Smithfield on St. Bartholomew’s Day 1305. Bartholomew was the Patron Saint of the Butchers, and Wallace was butchered as part

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St Andrew’s Day at the Smith

Wednesday, 30 November is St Andrew’s Day, and the lecture at the Stirling Smith will be given by Dennis Canavan, the man who successfully promoted the St. Andrew’s Day Public Holiday (Scotland) Act of 2007 in the Scottish Parliament, re-instating the national celebration of the day for the first time

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St Margaret’s Day

Today is St Margaret’s day. She is one of the national saints of Scotland who came here 950 years ago, a refugee from the Norman invaders of England in 1066. She was an English princess of the House of Wessex, sister of Edgar Ætheling, the short-ruling and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon English

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Veere by John Munnoch   

‘The Great Church at Veere, 1914’ by John Munnoch (1879 – 1915) is a recent purchase for the Stirling Smith collections, made possible by grants from the National Fund for Acquisitions and the Common Good Fund of Stirling. Scottish artists were well acquainted with Veere, as from 1541 it was

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Stirling Angels    

Featured today is the key painting of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour exhibition in the Stirling Smith. ‘The Messenger’ is by Stirling artist @, and it is a painting full of symbolism about love, spirituality, the skies, the seas, and all things in between. Two of June’s angels

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Blast Shelter, Bandeath

For a six week period, the prestigious Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour has an exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. The RSW, established in 1876, is exhibiting in Stirling for the first time with a selection of fifty new works of art by some of the

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