Verge of a Dubhlochan – Stirling Story no. 43 for 28 October 2015

This painting by William Aitken (1828-1981) is in the Stirling Smith collections. It was painted in 1958 and purchased by the Trustees at an exhibition of the work of the Stirling & Clackmannan Art Teachers in 1961. Callendar House has a painting of Loch Awe by him, and we would

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Forthbank Carpet Works, 1934 –

Today’s story takes a look at Stirling’s lost industrial past and the workforce of the Forthbank Carpet Works. The workers are mainly women who were weavers and bobbin winders. Most lived in Raploch and walked to work every day. Note the brightly patterned cross- over ‘peenies’ or aprons which was

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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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William Gear (1915 – 1997) – Stirling Story no. 40 for 7 October 2015

An iconic abstract work by the artist William Gear has been on loan to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne from the Smith’s collections this summer. The exhibition was a major centenary show, with 100 works, marketed with the strap line, “The painter that Britain forgot”. The exhibition has now moved

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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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Leaving for the Front – Stirling Story no. 38 for 23 September 2015

The photograph shows a scene in Stirling Station all too common a hundred years ago as battalion after battalion left Stirling, either for further training or for service in the Great War. Families gathered on the platform to say farewell, possibly for the last time. Stirling Station has never been

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Stirling Bridge by Iona Leishman – Stirling Story 36 for 9 September 2015

11 September is the 718th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the battle which William Wallace and Andrew de Moray won, against all the odds, and an English army of invasion. This small, spirited work of 2010 was gifted to the Smith collections by Friend of the Smith Moira

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Portrait by Alasdair Gray – Stirling Story 35 for 2 September 2015

  The great Scottish artist and writer Alasdair Gray has a dramatization of his ground – breaking novel Lanark at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre this month. After an accident in June, the artist is still critically ill in hospital, and as we wish him a good recovery, we feature one

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Washer Men, Cowie Colliery – Stirling Story No 23 for 10 June 2015

The Polmaise Colliery exhibition continues at the Smith. This photograph is from Cowie Colliery, located in Bannockburn. It opened in 1894, ten years earlier than Polmaise, and closed in 1953. The image dates from the 1920s and is of the men who tended the machines which washed the dust from

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History Ticket – Stirling Story No 22 for 3 June 2015

An amazing amount of history can be contained in a single small piece of paper like this tram ticket, the only one of its kind in the Smith collections. The Stirling and Bridge of Allan Tramway Company operated from 1874 – May 1920, and although there was a tram with

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