The Fellah from Kinneh – Stirling Story 41 for 14 October 2015

October is Black History Month, and today’s image is one of the three surviving portraits of Black men by Thomas Stuart Smith, artist and founder of the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. The Fellah from Kinneh, or Qena, north of Luxor on the Nile delta was a native Egyptian who

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Poppies by William MacTaggart – Stirling Story 37 for 16 September 2015

At present, the Stirling Smith mounts between 14 and 20 temporary exhibitions each year to attract return visits and maintain interest. The painting by the eminent Scottish artist Sir William MacTaggart (1903-1981) was purchased from a very brief exhibition on contemporary Scottish art in the Smith in the summer of

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European Volunteering at the Stirling Smith

The Stirling Smith is very proud of all our volunteers, past and present who have made such a positive impact on the Stirling Smith and its staff. On Monday 10th August 2015 we welcomed Christina Flöehr for a 4 week internship. The experience will support her Applied Museology/Museum Studies (Bachelor

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Messages from France – Stirling Story 34 for 26 August 2015

The exhibition ‘A Stirling 100’ opens at the Stirling Smith on Friday at 11am, and all are welcome to attend. The exhibition from the University of Stirling, with the support of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, features photographs of the parish memorials to the Great War located within the boundaries

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Ronald A Muirhead, Sculptor – Stirling Story 33 for 19 August 2015

Ronald Muirhead (1930 – 1989) was an artist and gallery owner who enriched the lives of the people of Stirlingshire, and his portrait by James Robert Wallace Orr, in the Stirling Smith collections, reflects his artistic interests. The sculpture on the table is his own, and the view into the

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Hamish, the Publicity Coo – Stirling Story No 31 for 5 August 2015

A new full colour book on the story of Hamish McKye Denovan (1993 – 2014) is published this week by Tatterdemalion Blue, a publisher now based in Stirling. It is the work of Stirling – based authors Angela and Craig Mair and is a tribute to the now legendary beast

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Dr. Griffiths’s Gift to Stirling – Stirling Story no 30 for 28 July 2015

A new treasure, added to the current Treasures of the Smith exhibition, is a 1/16th scale model of the famous plane built by Frank and Harold Barnwell, whose family home was Elco House, Balfron. Both brothers were educated at Fettes Academy, Edinburgh and their father was managing director of Fairfields

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Suffragette Stitches – Stirling Story No. 29 for 22 July 2015

The Treasures of the Smith exhibition, which runs until 4 October has a new acquisition of some significance. It is an embroidered fire screen by the famous suffragette activist and artist, Marion Wallace Dunlop (1864-1942). The subject is Spring and features a woman in long purple robes surrounded by blue

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Stirling Studio 1991-2 – Stirling Story No. 28 for 15 July 2015

Today’s story is a holiday themed painting in the Stirling Smith collections by artist James McDonald RSW. Born in Stirling in 1956, James studied at Edinburgh College of Art, completing his post-graduate year there in 1979. Working initially in the field of printmaking (advanced intaglio techniques), since 1989 he has

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The Fiery Cross – Stirling Story No 27 for 8 July 2015

This is one of the great history paintings in the Smith collection, acquired through a bequest of the artist, a few years after the Smith opened, in 1877. It shows the ‘Fiery Cross’, a Celtic signal used as a call to arms, arriving at Stirling Castle. This was carried through

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