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David Roberts, R.A.
PART OF THE SOUTH FRONT OF THE COURTYARD OF FALKLAND PALACE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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David Roberts, R.A.
PART OF THE SOUTH FRONT OF THE COURTYARD OF FALKLAND PALACE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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David Roberts, R.A.
EDINBURGH 1796 - 1864 LONDON
PART OF THE SOUTH FRONT OF THE COURTYARD OF FALKLAND PALACE
signed lower right: D ROBERTS, and inscribed on the reverse by William Leighton Leitch.
oil on panel, unframed
40.6 by 29.8 cm.; 16 by 11 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Given by Roberts to William Leighton Leitch in 1838;
His executors sale, Christie's London, 13 March 1884, lot 976, bought Permain;
Sold by Ebenezer Horman, Christie's London, 4 December 1911, lot 136, bought Palser Gallery.

Exhibited

London, Society of British Artists, 1831, no. 260;
Manchester, Royal Manchester Institution, 1831, no. 14.

Literature

J. Ballantine, The Life of David Roberts R.A., Edinburgh, 1866, p. 248, no. 57 (in the List of Pictures).

Catalogue Note

Although he left Scotland for London in 1823, Roberts continued to take a great interest in the country of his birth and went back almost every year. He was well versed in architecture from early in his career and campaigned to preserve important remains such as John Knox's house and Roslin Chapel. It is therefore not surprising that he painted this beautiful picture of the courtyard of Falkland Palace in Fife. The castle was acquired by the Scottish Crown in the fourteenth century, and by the early sixteenth century had become the royal palace for James IV and James V, one of only two Renaissance palaces in Scotland. In the mid seventeenth century it was partially destroyed by a fire and fell into ruin, though some restoration was carried out by the Marquess of Bute at the end of the nineteenth century.

Roberts was one of the founder members of the Society of British Artists, which exhibited in Suffolk Street and was its president in 1831, the year this picture was painted. 

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