Visit the inspirational Artists’ Town
Broughton House & Garden
Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists’ Town since it housed an established artists’ colony in the 19th and 20th centuries. The beautiful town remains the home of many artists and writers who are inspired by the stunning light of the Solway Coast.
Discover more about the history of the artists’ colony at the Tolbooth Art Centre where you will find the best works from the local council’s painting collection, including several by Jessie M King, S J Peploe and David Gauld - one of the Glasgow Boys.
Works by current craftworkers and artists’ can be found on the top floor of the Tolbooth and you can also learn more by watching the 15 minute video detailing their stories.
Another of the Glasgow Boy’s works can be appreciated at Broughton House, the former home of artist E A Hornel who lived there between 1901 - 1933. Hornel is often regarded as the founder of the artists’ colony since his reputation and personal invites attracted many artists to the town.
Admire Hornel’s artwork in the house before taking a look around his original studio. Outside you can explore one of his most renowned creations - the magnificent, Japanese-style gardens, where the colours are truly magical.
Outwith Kirkcudbright, Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate near Thornhill houses one of the UK’s finest private art collections and it is a must-see for art lovers. The remarkable collection was built up by the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry over numerous years and boasts works by Rembrandt, Van der Neer, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Holbein and many more.
Discover stunning tapestries, intriguing period furniture and intricate carvings as you explore the house on one of the tours around the principal rooms of the property. As well as the fascinating historic artwork you can also find modern artwork, jewellery and woodwork pieces in the Stableyard Studios.
With many more galleries and studios to visit, Dumfries & Galloway will not fail to captivate your imagination.
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