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A History of Scottish Art

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 26th September 2023 (Code AA010-103) Tuesdays from
26th September 2023 11:10am - 1:00pm • (10 classes)
LG49 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Bill Hare MA
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

The development of art in Scotland within a broad socio-historical context: Early Christian, the Reformation, the Union, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and the Modern world are all discussed within Scotland’s national and international dimensions.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge required.

Content of Course

  1. Scottish Art before 1603.

  2. Scottish Art and the Union.

  3. Scottish Art and the Enlightenment.

  4. Scottish Art in the Age of Burns and Scott.

  5. Scottish Art and Industry.

  6. Scottish Art and the Victorian Era.

  7. Scottish Art and the Early Modern Era.

  8. Scottish Art and the High Modern Era.

  9. Scottish Art and the Post War Era.

  10. Scottish Art and the Contemporary World.

Teaching method(s)

Lecture-based with discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, through attending classes and outside reading, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and understand Scottish art on its own terms, as well as its place in a larger visual culture;

  • Account for the wider factors that had an impact on Scottish art as we know it today such as the Reformation or European avant-gardism in the Modern period.



Core Readings


  • MacDonald, Murdo, 2000. Scottish Art. London: Thames and Hudson.

  • MacMillan, Duncan, 1990. Scottish Art 1460-2000. Edinburgh: Mainstream.


  • Caw, James L., 1908. Scottish Painting, Past and Present 1620 -1908. London: T.C. and E.C. Jack

  • Hare, Bill, 1992. Contemporary Painting in Scotland. Sydney: Craftsman House

  • Hartley, Keith, 1989. Scottish Art since 1900. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Holloway, James, 1989. Patrons and Painters: Art in Scotland 1650 - 1760. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland

  • MacMillan, Duncan, 1994. Scottish Art in the 20th Century. Edinburgh: Mainstream

  • MacMillan, Duncan, 1986. Painting in Scotland: The Golden Age. Oxford: Phaidon Press

  • Smout, T. C., 1990. A History of the Scottish People 1560-1950. Glasgow: Collins

  • Yeoman, Louise, 2000. Reportage Scotland. Edinburgh: Luath

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Biographies of artists and lists of images discussed will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.