Friday, June 06, 2014
The painting, which has been beautifully restored, is the centrepiece of the 'Playing for Scotland: The Making of Modern Sport' exhibit, and is on indefinite loan to the National Galleries. It gave me immeasurable pleasure to see the painting on the wall. It was back in 2006 that I revealed in the Scottish Curler that the painting was likely to go for auction, without the members of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club being properly consulted. To cut a long story short, the painting was saved, money was raised for its restoration, and now it is available for all to see.
What was the Linlithgow Grand Match? Read about it here.
After some minutes, the problem was rectified. However, the incident took the gloss off what I had hoped would be an enjoyable experience.
Photos © Skip Cottage, with thanks to a member of staff at the NPG who took the top photo for me!