About this artwork

In 1899 the Royal Caledonian Curling Club celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. This picture was commissioned to celebrate the event. The sixty-one figures are all portraits and a detailed key to their identities was published. Two women are present - Lady Gilmour and Mrs Maxwell Durham - both seen at the far right. The Club owned the site at Carsebreck, Perthshire, which was flooded to form a safe sheet of ice for the Grand Matches.

Charles Martin Hardie

Charles Martin Hardie

Born in East Linton, East Lothian, Hardie entered the family business and worked as a carpenter. However, a family connection with the artist, John Pettie, encouraged him to study at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh. Hardie became known for his pictures of Scottish life which often have a strong narrative element. He produced portraits, landscapes and genre scenes as well as historical paintings in both oils and watercolour.