Benjamin West & The Death of the Stag: The Story behind the Painting and its Conservation (paperback)

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National Galleries of Scotland
Timothy Clifford, Michael Gallagher and Helen Smailes, Edited by Duncan Thomson
Page Count:
32 printed pages
36 Colour
Item Size:
21 x 24.5 cm

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This guide book tells the story of the iconic and popular artwork Alexander III of Scotland Rescued from the Fury of a Stag by the Intrepidity of Colin Fitzgerald ('The Death of the Stag'), by Benjamin West, both in terms of its history and the conservation process. The painting almost left these shores for America, but after a successful campaign, it was purchased in 1987. In 2004, the work was conserved in situ in the Scottish National Gallery of Scotland where it can still be viewed in all it's restored glory.

Benjamin West's 'The Death of the Stag', a tour de force of pictorial theatre and his own unique Scottish masterpiece, has been the focus of high drama for over two centuries. Painted for the Clan Mackenzie in 1786, the gigantic canvas, measuring twelve by seventeen feet, is still the largest in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.