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The Legend of Montrose

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1828 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bonington, Richard Parkes, born 1802 - died 1828 (artist)
    Colnaghi & Co. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case ES, shelf 127

Physical description

Hand-coloured lithograph depicting a passage of Sir Walter Scott's fictional work, 'The Legend of Montrose', specifically the scene 'The Escape from Argyle Castle'. The armored and mounted figure of the Captain Dalgetty character is shown accompanying Ranald MacEagh through the market-place of Inverary, with a wooden gallows bearing the bodies of three hanged men. The figures of two mourning women crouch below. Lettered with title and artist names, publication dates and details.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1828 (made)


Bonington, Richard Parkes, born 1802 - died 1828 (artist)
Colnaghi & Co. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Sketched by R P Bonington/Printed by Villain/THE ESCAPE FROM ARGYLE CASTLE/Legend of Montrosi/London Published December 1st 1828 by Colnaghi Son & Co. No 11, Pall Mall East.


Height: 17.7 cm, Width: 23.5 cm

Descriptive line

Hand-coloured lithograph by Richard Parkes Bonington depicting a passage of Sir Walter Scott's work, 'The Legend of Montrose', specifically 'The Escape from Argyle Castle'. Great Britain, 1828.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, Elizabeth. Hand Coloured British Prints. London: Published by Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987.
C42, 3rd state


Paper; Printing inks


Drawing; Lithography

Subjects depicted

Gallows; Mourning; Execution; Castle; Horse; Armour; Tartan


Prints; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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