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Scottish Portrait Painting after the Reformation

James Knox, director of the Fleming Collection and James Holloway, previously director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, consider two seventeenth century portraits of Scotland's greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce by the artist George Jamesone, the first Scottish-born artist to emerge after the cultural wreckage of the Reformation.

Painted in 1633 for a triumphal arch erected on Edinburgh's ancient High Street to celebrate Charles I's Scottish coronation, can two 'imagined' historical portraits summon up of the characters of heroes, long dead?

Dr Gordon Turnbull and The Life of Boswell

The great biographer and diarist James Boswell lies in his eternal resting place, with his immediate family members, in the ancestral tomb at Auchinleck. Surrounding him in the graveyard lie many of the Ayrshire folk of his time, immortalised by mention in his marvellous diaries and letters.

Gordon Turnbull, head of the Yale Boswell Editions, notes that in this very special place, we remember not only life, but the Life — Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, the pathbreaking biographical achievement that issued from the deepest Boswellian impulse — to remember and to commemorate.