Sir Edwin Henry Landseer The Harper 1821–2

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Harper
Date 1821–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 912 x 710 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03395
Not on display

Display caption

Paintings such as this are part of the early-nineteenth-century nostalgia for the old Scottish ways in village and popular life, already under threaten by the growth of towns and industrialisation.

Musicians who could sing the old songs and play traditional instruments were fashionable in sophisticated circles in Edinburgh and London, where paintings of Scottish life and its distinctive customs also circulated.

September 2004

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