Michael Andrews

Edinburgh (Old Town) (1990 - 1993)

About this artwork

This is one of Andrews's last major works. Instead of painting the familiar view of Edinburgh Castle from the north, Andrews shows its more forbidding south-facing aspect. The area below is known as the Grassmarket, and it is here that public hangings were held and mob violence erupted. The painting is a combination of several views of the area. The site of the gallows is commemorated by a walled enclosure which can be seen in the centre foreground, to the left of the telephone box. The drips of paint are suggestive of the tears and the rain that are part of the history of the location.

  • title: Edinburgh (Old Town)
  • accession number: GMA 3697
  • artist: Michael AndrewsEnglish (1928 - 1995)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Castles Cities
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1990 - 1993
  • measurements: 183.00 x 274.30 cm (framed: 194.40 x 286.60 x 7.10 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1993
  • copyright: © The Artist's Estate, Courtesy of James Hyman Gallery, London
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

The British artist Michael Andrews is linked with the 'School of London' artists (Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Auerbach and Kitaj), although he lived for many years in the Norfolk countryside. A slow, fastidious painter, he is well known for painting ambitious figure compositions. Andrews first visited Scotland in 1975 and returned regularly thereafter, making a series of paintings on the theme of deerstalking. In the mid-1980s his work took a change of direction, and he produced a series of large landscapes featuring Ayers Rock in Australia.