Marchmont House near Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders was built in 1750 for Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont (1708-94). It was enlarged by Sir Robert Lorimer (1864-1929) for Robert Finnie McEwen (1861-1926) between 1914 and 1917. Described by Country Life as ‘one of Scotland’s grandest mansions’ it has recently been restored and won the Historic Houses Restoration Award of 2018.
Marchmont is now the home of an exceptional private collection of fine art, displayed throughout the house and its grounds. Furthermore, it has been re-born as a ‘Home for Makers and Creators‘, not least following the conversion of estate buildings into a suite of studios, alongside residential and social spaces.
At Home with the Scottish Colourists
‘At Home with the Scottish Colourists’ is a residential ‘house party’ weekend during which guests will stay from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2022, amidst the comfort and splendour of Marchmont House. I will be giving two talks about the Scottish Colourists – F.C.B. Cadell, J. D. Fergusson, G. L. Hunter and S. J. Peploe – and their circle, by way of works in the Marchmont Collection. With Marchmont’s curator, Francis Raeymaekers, I will also be leading an ‘Up Close and Personal’ session. This will allow us to examine paintings, works on paper and sculptures by the artists at first hand.
A Contemporary Colourist: Gary Anderson
The weekend includes a studio visit to Marchmont artist and contemporary Colourist Gary Anderson. He will discuss his work, including the inspiration he has found in the Scottish Colourists. Gary will then lead guests in a creative workshop during which we can make masterpieces of our own, whilst discussing the topics of the day.
A Very Special Weekend
Other highlights of the weekend include indoor and outdoor guided tours of the Marchmont Collection, evening drinks on the Terrace and a formal but relaxed dinner in the Lorimer Dining Room. The weekend is sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull, where I work part-time as a Senior Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art. Full details about the event and how to book can be found here. I do hope you will join me ‘at home with the Scottish Colourists’.
For more on Cadell, follow this link. You might like to visit The Fergusson Gallery in Perth, about which you can read here. Hunter features in this blog. This article gives you a glimpse into one of Peploe’s studios.