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Masterpieces at the Queen’s Gallery Holyrood, Edinburgh

Last September we visited the Queen’s Gallery by Holyrood Palace. On that visit the facility was offered to convert the attendance ticket to one that allowed entry for a year.

Accordingly last week we took the opportunity to take in the latest exhibition there, Masterpieces from Buckingham Place, currently on view until Sep 25. Each of the pictures was captioned with the identity of the King, Queen or Prince who purchased it. Some of the paintings below appear on the Art UK website, others I photographed myself (allowed as long as no flash was used)

Given his fate it is somewhat ironic that Judith with the Head of Holofernes, painted by Cristofano Allori (1577-1621,) was bought by Charles I. Judith’s face in this painting looks remarkably modern to me:-

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome 1593-Naples 1652) Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura.):-

Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Artemisia Gentileschi

Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-Florence 1530) Portrait of a Woman in Yellow:-

Woman in Yellow, Andrea Del Sarto

Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1669) Agatha Bas (1611-1658):-

Agatha Bas, Rembrandt

One of the most striking paintings of light in the exhibition was in this other Rembrandt, Christ and St Mary Magdalene at the Tomb. My photograph fails to do it justice:-

Christ and St Mary Magdalene at the Tomb

Parmigianini (1503 – 1540) Pallas Athene. For some reason this reminded me of the cyclist Laura (Trott) Kenny. Unfortunately my photograph has a reflection of the Gallery’s central light fitting:-

Pallas Athene

Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675) Seascape with Jonah and the Whale. There is a lightning flash across the upper part of this picture of which I tried to take a close-up, but it didn’t come out:-

Saescape with Jonah and the Whale

Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682) Evening Landscape, A Windmill by a Stream:-

Evening Landscape, A Windmill by a Stream

The information card for the above says “a single figure swathed in black walks away from us.” Examining the picture closely two (female) figures can clearly be seen behind the black swathed one! They are brilliantly conjured up too, with just a few dabs of paint. How could the writer of the description have failed to notice them? (Is it perhaps because they are clearly women?)

Figures Painted by Jacob van Ruisdael

There is a virtual tour of the exhibition here.

Fabrics at Hill House, Helensburgh

Original fabrics at Hill House, some by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh:-

Original Fabrics, Hill House, Helensburgh

Closer views:-

Original Fabric Samples, Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh Fabric Samples

Display room, Hill House:-

Display Room, Hill House, Helensburgh

Mackintosh style modern stuff for sale:-

Items For Sale, Hill House, Helensburgh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh ‘Rose’ design biscuits in cafĂ©:-

Biscuits, Hill House, Helensburgh

Upper Floor and Rooms, Hill House, Helensburgh

More Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs from Hill House.

Seating Niche:-

Upper Floor Seating Niche, Hill House, Helensburgh

Upper room door:-

Hill House, Helensburgh Upper Room Door

Circular table:-

Hill House, Helensburgh, Table in Upper Room

Table and chairs (on different visit):-

Table and Chairs, Hill House, Helensburgh

Door and decoration:-

Decoration in Mr Blackie's Bedroom, Hill House, Helensburgh

Child’s room door:-

Child's Room Door, Hill House, Helensburgh>

Mantelpieces:-

Hill House, Helensburgh, Mantelpiece in Upper Room

Mantelpiece , Upper Room, Hill House, Helensburgh

Bench. Early photographs of Hill House on wall:-

Upper Room Bench, Hill House, Helensburgh

Beds:-

Beds, Hill House, Helensburgh

Child’s bed:-

Child's Bed, Hill House, Helensburgh

Wall decoration:-

Wall Decoration, Hill House, Helensburgh

Shelves:-

Shelves, Hill House, Helensburgh

Walter Blackie’s Bedroom, Hill House, Helensburgh

Bed:-

Mr Blackie's Bedroom, Hill House,Helensburgh

Bed cover:-

Bed Cover, Hill House, Helensburgh

Decoration:-

Decoration in Mr Blackie's Bedroom, Hill House, Helensburgh

Bedside table:-

Bedside Table, Hill House, Helensburgh

A photo of the wardrobe in Walter Blackie’s bedroom is in this post.

Fireplaces, Hill House, Helensburgh

As well as the fireplace in the Drawing Room of Hill House, Helensburgh there are several examples of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s attention to detail with such household fixtures.

Fireplace in study. Note also clock:-

Study Fireplace, Hill House, Helensburgh

Mrs Blackie’s bedroom fireplace:-

Another Fireplace, Lamps and Decoration, Hill House, Helensburgh

Another upper room fireplace:-

A Fireplace, Hill House, Helensburgh

Child’s room fireplace:-

Child's Room Fireplace, Hill House, Helensburgh

More upper room fireplaces:-

Upper Room Fireplace, Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh, Fireplace

Mackintosh Chairs and More, Hill House, Helensburgh

Unmistakable Mackintosh style chair:-

Mackintosh Chair, Hill House, Helensburgh

Chair in upper room:-

Mackintosh Chair, Upper Room Hill House, Helensburgh

Chair back, Dining Room:-

Hill House, Helensburgh, Mackintosh Chair

Dining room clock:-

Dining Room Clock, Hill House, Helensburgh

Walter Blackie’s Bedroom Wardrobe. Mackintosh designed the wardrobe which was built so that Blackie’s chest of drawers would fit into it:-

Bedroom Wardrobe, Hill House, Helensburgh

Mackintosh Room Designs, Hill House, Helensburgh

Yet more of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs for Hill House. See link and posts passim.

Library Entrance. Typical Mackintosh square insets on the cupboard:-

Hill House, Helensburgh, Library Entrance

Note curved wooden detailing:-

Library Cupboard, Hill House, Helensburgh

The detailing is continued through the bookshelves:-

Hill House, Helensburgh, Library & Books

Library Bookshelves, Hill House, Helensburgh

Dining Room dresser – probably brought to the house by the Blackie family. The portrait is of Walter Blackie for whom Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Hill House.

Sideboard Dining Room, Hill House, Helensburgh

Even the pantry has Mackintosh designs – heart-shaped cutouts in the lower cupboards:-

Pantry, Hill House, Helensburgh

Lamps, Hill House, Helensburgh

Some more of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs for Hill House. See link and posts passim.

Ceiling Lamps:-

Ceiling Lamps, Hill House, Helensburgh

Floor standing lamp:-

Floor Standing Lamp, Hill House, Helensburgh

Pendant lamp:-

Pendant Lamp, Hill House, Helensburgh

Ceiling lamp:-

Ceiling Lamp, Hill House, Helensburgh

Wall lamp. Note also stencilled wall decoration:-

Lamp, Hill House, Helensburgh

Stairwell, Hill House, Helensburgh

One of the most emblematic “Mackintosh” style parts of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Hill House is the stairwell. See link and posts passim.

Stairwell entrance:-

Entrance to Stairwell, Hill House, Helensburgh

Stairwell and window:-

Stairwell and Window, Hill House, Helensburgh

On right hand wall compared to above:-

Stair Window, Hill House, Helensburgh

Lamp above Stair Landing:-

Lamp above Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Carpet on stair landing:-

Carpet on Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Iconic Mackintosh chair design. On Hill House stair landing:-

Tall Chair on Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Mrs Blackie’s Bedroom, Hill House, Helensburgh

The main bedroom of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Hill House in Helensburgh contains many typical Mackintosh motifs.

Bed. Behind the bed are panels by Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh:-

Bedroom Bed, Hill House, Helensburgh

At the foot of the bed there is a window niche and small dresser:-

Bedroom Window Niche

Washstand (see bed to left):-

Washstand, Bedroom, Hill House, Helensburgh

Furniture, fireplace and table plus Mackintosh chair from foot of bed:-

Bedroom Furniture and Fireplace, Hill House, Helensburgh

Wardrobes and chair:-

Bedroom Wardrobes, Hill House, Helensburgh

Wardrobe, stool and dressing mirror:-

Bedroom Wardrobe, Table and Mirror, Hill House, Helensburgh

Windows, lamp and dressing mirror:-

Bedroom Windows and Lamp and Dressing Mirror, Hill House, Helensburgh

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