A Spate in the Highlands

Peter Graham, 1836 - 1921

A Spate in the Highlands

Peter Graham 1836 - 1921


A landscape scene. A river flows between two mountains. It has been raining and the river is swollen and has burst its banks.

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A Spate in the Highlands 1866 Peter Graham 1826-1921 Oil on canvas This work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1866 with lines from the poet Robert Burns (1759-1796): While tumbling brown the stream comes down, And roars frae bank to brae. The painting brought Graham wide acclaim shortly after his move from Edinburgh to London. While critics praised the artist's observation of nature, the wider public responded to his theatrical effects and the narrative detail of a fleeing shepherd. Highland scenes were made particularly fashionable through Victoria and Albert's love of Balmoral and the continuing popularity of Walter Scott's novels.

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A Spate in the Highlands

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Peter Graham

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