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The Mound.] THE SCOTTISH GALLERY. 89 - seen Sir Noel Paton?s two wonderful pictures of Oberon and Titania; others by Erskine Nicol, Herdman, Faed, W. Fettes, Douglas, James Drummond, Sir George Harvey, Horatio Macculloch, R. S. Lauder, Roberts, Dyce, and Etty, from whose brush there are those colossal paintings of U Judith with the Head of Holofernes ?? and ?The Woman Interceding for the Vanquished.? Among the many fine paintings bequeathed to this Scottish Gallery is Gainsborough?s celebrated portrait of hfrs. Graham, depicting a proud and are outlined ; and the great and accurately detailed picture of the battle of Bannockburn. There is a small full-length picture of Bums, painted by Nasmyth, as a memento of the poet, and another by the same artist, presented by the poet?s son, Colonel W. Nicol Burns, and a fine portrait of Sir John Moore, the property of the officers of the Black Watch, The choice collection of water colours embraces some of the best works of I? Grecian ? Rilliams ; a series of drawings bequeathed to the Gallery INTERIOR OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY. beautiful girl, grief for whose death in early fife caused her husband, the future Lord Lynedoch, ?the hero of Earossa,? to have it covered up that he might never look upon it again. There are also some beautiful and delicate works by Greuze, the gift of Lzdy Murray ; and one by Thomson of Duddingstone, presented by Lady Stuart of Allanbank ; and Landseer?s I? Rent Day in the Wilderness,? a Jacobite subject, bequeathed by the late Sir Roderick Murchison, Bart. Not the least interesting works here are a few that were among the last touched by deceased artists, and left unfinished on their easels, such as Wilkie?s ?John Knox Dispensing the Sacrament at Calder House,? of which a few of the faces alone 00 by Mr. Scott, including examples of Robert Cattermole, Collins, Cox, Girtin, Prout, Nash, and Cnstall; and a set of studies of the most striking peculiarities of the Dutch, Spanish, Venetian, and Flemish schools. Of great interest, too, are the waxen models by Michael Angelo. The Gallery also contains a collection of marbles and bronzes, bequeathed by Sir James Erskine of Tome, and a cabinet of medallion portraits and casts fnm gems, by James and William Tassie, the celebrated modellers, who, though born of obscure parents in Renfrewshire, acquired such fame and reputation that the first cabinets in Europe were open to their use. The Royal Scottish Academy of Painting and
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