This soft back small book illustrated with artworks by Moyna Flannigan produced to accompany the exhibition Once upon our time: Portrait Miniatures, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004
Fifty portrait miniatures were created that reflect the styles, manners and culture of contemporary life. Considered to be one of Scotland’s leading figurative painters, Moyna Flannigan is known for her wry and penetrating observations on society.
In an illuminating essay Keith Hartley, chief curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, examines Flannigan’s paintings and discusses the artistic and social influences on her work. In addition, a selection of these images are accompanied by fictional cameos from the award-winning Scottish writer Dilys Rose, which set up an imaginative dialogue with the miniatures.