Treasures of Scottish painting: from Ferguson to Fergusson ADED11249

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

For many centuries painting has flourished in Scotland. This course traces the development of Scottish painting from William Gouw Ferguson in the 17th century up to John Duncan Fergusson in the early 20th century. Special attention will be given to masters such as Ramsay, Raeburn, Nasmyth, Wilkie, Paton, Orchardson, McTaggart, the Glasgow Boys, Phoebe Traquair and the Scottish Colourists. This course highlights the principal characteristics and innovations of their art and the context in which it was created. The development of Scottish painting within the wider framework of European art will also be explored.


Block 3, weeks 1-5

Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Provide an introduction to the history of Scottish painting from the 17th century to the 1920s, with a particular focus on 19th century.

■ Explore the key developments in Scottish painting during this period 

■ Identify the major Scottish artists and analyse their work.

■ Place Scottish art within the broader developments of British and European art of the same period.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Critically demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the history of Scottish art and its development during the period 17th century to 1920s.

Identify the major Scottish artists of the period and analyse and interpret their paintings.

Critically evaluate the broader British and European context in which these paintings were created.

Demonstrate personal study skills in art historical research methodology.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits