LOST BORDERS VALLEY SCENE BY TOM SCOTT TO SELL AT BONHAMS IN EDINBURGH

. July 15, 2007

A stunning scene of a Scottish Borders valley that no longer exists will be sold at Bonhams’ annual Scottish Sale in Edinburgh between 22 – 24 August 2007. Tom Scott’s ‘A Yarrow Pastoral,’ painted in 1900, is expected to fetch £6,000 – 8,000.

The picturesque sweep of the River Yarrow valley captured by Scott will doubtless appeal hugely not only to Scott’s many devotees, but also local historians and geographers who wish to see the original topography of the area before the river was dammed and man-made loch created.

The painting, which was loaned to the RSA exhibition in 1900, depicts a small group in the foreground – a young girl reading to an elderly man, leaning on a stick and wearing a “tam o’shanter,” and a collie dog alongside the pair. The scene is typical of Scott’s charm: restful, calm, and evocative of summer.

Dr Chris Brickley, Bonhams’ Picture Specialist, is enchanted with the scene. “This is an excellent example of Scott’s work,” he said. “Furthermore, the painting still has the artist’s original label attached to the backboard. Bonhams has sold the top two Scott pictures over the last few years, and we are confident there will be much interest in this one also.”

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