'Elgin Cathedral', watercolour, 54 x 35 cm.
A view of Elgin's lovely ruined cathedral from across the River Lossie, with the weir and footbridge in the foreground.
Elgin cathedral dates back to 1224 when construction began. The cathedral was extended and repaired after 3 major fires in the 1200s, 1300s and 1400s but then abandoned in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation. Its waterproofing lead was removed shortly afterwards and the cathedral fell into disrepair. The chapter house at right is intact and the two western towers (only one of which is visible here at the far end of the cathedral) were renovated in the 20th Century. Apart from that, the cathedral stands as it has done these last 440 years, much of its structure having collapsed in a storm in the 1700s. Today it stands gracefully amidst the grass and trees which surround it here by the river. It is hard to imagine it in its full glory; suffice to say that both the western and eastern towers once supported steeples of equal length again. It must have been a sight to behold back then!
The original painting is now sold.
Prints are available in four sizes:
Mini: Image 14.5 x 9.5 cm, £5 unmounted or £8 mounted to fit a 8 x 6"" off-the-shelf frame.
Small: Image 24 x 16cm, £17 unmounted or £20 mounted to fit a 14 x 11" off-the-shelf frame.
Medium: Image 37 x 25 cm, £24 unmounted or £30 mounted to fit a 20 x 16" frame.
Large: Image approx 55 x 35 cm - £32 unmounted or £45 mounted to fit a 70 x 50 cm frame.