Ancient Trees, Mains of Gray
Provenance; Private collection, purchased from the artist.
Exhibited; Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, ‘McIntosh Patrick – An 80th Birthday Tribute’ 1987.
Published; ‘McIntosh Patrick’ by Roger Billcliffe, 1987. Page 74, plate 46
McIntosh Patrick is widely regarded as perhaps the finest Scottish painter of trees of the 20th Century. This work is arguably one of his most significant tree ‘portraits’, and demonstrates the artist clearly rejoicing in the character and textures in these magnificent old trees.
The location is just beyond the western perimeter of Dundee on the Mains of Gray estate. This group of interesting characterful trees sits beside what remains of the historic 300 year old House of Gray. Constructed between 1714 and 1716 as a country retreat for Lord Gray, the peerage is one of the oldest in Scotland. Alexander Gray was created the 1st Lord Gray around 1440.
Patrick was very fond of this house and visited it and the then owners during his earlier years. Perhaps strangely he never painted the house but was very proud of this painting which acts as a record of the distinctive trees that stood beside it.
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