Arty Garties
Arty Garties
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Weather-wise, the festive period here in Glasgow was bleak, wet, dark and gloomy – almost dystopian in appearance.  It was decidedly indoor weather, and with this being Glasgow, a trip to the Arty Garties (or Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum to give it its proper Sunday name) was the order of the day.  Several days in fact, as the weather dictated.


There can be few who visit here who are not taken by the impression sight of the full-length oil on canvass portrait in today’s photo of Mr & Mrs Robert N. Campbell, suitably resplendent in Regency-style clothing within a landscaped background of their estate in Kailzie at Traquair, Peeble-shire.  It was painted in 1805 by Edinburgh artist Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 – 1823), and titled simply “Mr and Mrs Robert N. Campbell of Kailzie”.  


Raeburn was the most famous Scottish portrait painter of his day, and painted many of Scotland’s important people, such as politicians, judges and landowners. His talent lay in his ability to catch character with just a few strokes of paint – and apparently this was how the artist had just encountered the couple after they had returned arm-in-arm from a romantic stroll. 


Leica M3 & 1.4/50mm Summilux pre-asph v2

Sekonic L-308S

Ilford FP4+ (100)

Ilfosol 3 (1+14 – 7min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan