Thomas Crawford Hamilton

Scottish National Portrait Gallery ; interior and exterior views (Drawn 1890)

About this artwork

Thomas Crawford made this drawing of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery a year after its public opening in 1889. The artist suggests the scale of the building in relation to the minute figures of several passers by. The construction of the gallery became possible when John Ritchie Findlay, then owner of The Scotsman newspaper, donated £50,000 to the project. The architect Robert Rowand Anderson modelled his design partly on the Doge's palace in Venice, creating a magnificent neo-gothic building.

Thomas Crawford Hamilton

Thomas Crawford Hamilton

Thomas Crawford Hamilton exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1879 until 1889, giving his address as Glasgow. He worked in a variety of media including oil, pencil and watercolour and painted landscapes, important historical buildings and religious subjects. Hamilton left behind some fine drawings of the exterior and interior of the newly-opened Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Among his works there are also some interesting portraits.