John Duncan

Marjory Kennedy Fraser, 1857 - 1930. Musician and collector of Hebridean songs (about 1922)

About this artwork

Marjory Kennedy Fraser was brought up on Scottish folk songs. As a child she accompanied her father on his tours at home and abroad, playing the piano while he sang. Sharing an deep interest in the Celtic Revival, she became a close friend of the artist, John Duncan. He persuaded her to visit Eriskay in 1905 where she began to record, and then publish, the disappearing Gaelic songs and music of the Hebrides. Duncan has painted his friend against the landscape of Eriskay, her shawl blowing gently in the wind.

  • title: Marjory Kennedy Fraser, 1857 - 1930. Musician and collector of Hebridean songs
  • accession number: PG 2304
  • artist: John DuncanScottish (1866 - 1945)
  • depicted: Marjory Kennedy, Mrs A.Y. Fraser
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Music
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: about 1922
  • measurements: 61.00 x 50.80 cm (framed: 76.80 x 66.60 x 7.50 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Mrs A.W. Dawson 1975
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

John Duncan

John Duncan

One of the leading representatives of the Celtic Revival in Scottish art, John Duncan first trained as an illustrator in his native city, Dundee. After periods of work and study in London and Antwerp, Duncan settled in Edinburgh in 1892. In the wider European context, Duncan was an exponent of the Symbolist movement. As well as Celtic imagery, he was inspired by the early Italian Renaissance, sometimes working in tempera. His output ranged from murals and paintings through to stained glass and book illustrations.