About this artwork

Crozier won the Guthrie Prize for the most promising young artist when he exhibited this painting at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1928. The view shows Princes Street Gardens looking to the west from the Mound towards the instantly identifiable castle, silhouetted in the background. In contrast to Crozier’s cubist-inspired painting, ‘Edinburgh from Salisbury Crags’, which also depicts Edinburgh Castle silhouetted in the background, here he looks more to the northern Netherlandish tradition. On initial inspection the scene appears still and quiet. However, it slowly comes to life with the lively lines of the bare trees against the snow and the footprints leading the eye down into the composition.

  • title: Edinburgh in Snow
  • accession number: GMA 8
  • artist: William CrozierScottish (1893 - 1930)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Castles Cities
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1928
  • measurements: 71.30 x 91.50 cm (framed: 94.60 x 115.00 x 5.70 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Miss Anna G. Blair in memory of Mr R.K. Blair, 1943
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

William Crozier

William Crozier

Born in Edinburgh, Crozier studied at Edinburgh College of Art, a friend and fellow student of Anne Redpath, William Gillies and William MacTaggart. Crozier lived in Paris in 1923, while on a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship, and studied with the cubist painter André Lhote. He also travelled to Italy, where he was captivated by the bright sunlight which cast deep shadows. Crozier later attempted to capture this intense light, as he was to adopt the lessons of Cubism, in his own work. After suffering ill health all his life due to haemophilia, Crozier died, aged just thirty-seven, following a fall in his studio.

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