Edinburgh,The Assembly Rooms
30 October 2003
McNeil Macleay, A.R.S.A. (c.1806-c.1878)
View on the Tay from Perth, with Kinnoull Hill beyond; and View on the Tay at North Inch, Scone Palace beyond
the latter signed and dated 'McNeil Macleay/Edinr 1842' (lower left)
oil on canvas
13 x 17¾ in. (33 x 45 cm.)
a pair (2) (2)
with Frost & Reed, London.
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Probably the former, Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1842, no. 79, 'View near Perth with Kinnoull Hill in the distance'.
The name 'Perth' comes from the Roman 'Bertha' which derived from the Celtic 'Aber The', meaning mouth of the Tay. The city has been a Royal Burgh since the 13th Century and was a Royal residence throughout the middle ages. Perth is often refered to as the Ancient Capital of Scotland on this account. Nearby Scone is the ancient coronation site of Scottish monarchs. Kings and queens of Scotland were crowned there until the Act of Union. Today the site is marked by the early 19th Century Palace of Scone.
The viewpoint in both pictures is probably taken from Old Perth Bridge, built c.1766 by James Smeatan.
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