Manchester Art Gallery

A Highland Romance: Victorian Views of Scottishness

To coincide with the run-up to the Scottish referendum, we presented some of our most popular 19th century paintings and works on paper by Scottish artists. These were displayed alongside depictions of Scotland by artists from England, which together were used to explore how ideas of Scotland and Scottishness have changed over the last two centuries.

Dating from about 1830 to 1904, the works ranged from depictions of classical castle ruins to romanticised portrayals of Highland cattle. Highlights include A Spate in the Highlands by Peter Graham, a couple of rarely-seen watercolours by JMW Turner and Portrait of Sir Alexander Keith by Sir David Wilkie.

Works by leading Scottish artists including Joseph Farquharson and John MacWhirter and popular English artists such as Sir John Everett Millais and Sir Edwin Landseer were exhibited.

Important artworks such as The Chase by Richard Ansdell and Craigmillar Castle by the Reverend John Thomson of Duddingston were on display for the first time since undergoing vital conservation treatment. This exhibition also provided an opportunity to see a rare printed textile based on a Sir David Wilkie painting (and borrowed from the Whitworth Art Gallery) and a beautiful mid-1860s tartan dress from the gallery’s costume collection (held at Platt Hall).

By placing the works in a contemporary context, A Highland Romance explored what it means to have these artworks within Manchester’s collections; how ideas of Scottishness have changed (or not); what it means to be Scottish and what Scotland means to the nation.

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

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Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideass and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.

 

Stories We Share

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our team of volunteers will be in Trading Station with a variety of objects that can be handled.

https://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/trading-station/

Spend time with them and other visitors having a chat for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. Drop in for as little or as long as you like!

This session is an opportunity to meet and have a conversation with people about the ideas and issues in the exhibtion, using the handling objects to spark thoughts.

What role do hot drinks play in your life?

Do you have any favourite mugs, teapots, coffee making rituals?

What do you think about the global connections with hot drinks?

Have you experience of cultural traditions connected to hot drinks from around the world?

Bring along any objects connected to hot drinks that you would like to share.