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Geo at Yesnaby and Brough of Bigging

© estate of Stanley Cursiter. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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'Geo at Yesnaby and Brough of Bigging' shows three yoles (traditional Orkney fishing boats) pulled up on the beach within a rocky cliffscape. This stretch of coastline on the west of mainland Orkney was a favourite subject of Stanley Cursiter and he returned there to paint many times, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. This painting is typical of Cursiter's assured style of figurative painting, using broad brush strokes and a rich palette to depict the Orkney landscape.

The Pier Arts Centre



Geo at Yesnaby and Brough of Bigging




oil on canvas on board


H 39.5 x W 44.5 cm

Accession number

PAC 99

Acquisition method

gift from the sons of Captain A. L. Work, 1998

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'Stanley Cursiter 1924'. 2. 'Stanley Cursiter / Geo at. Yesnaby and Brough of Bigging / oil on board 1924 / 'From the estate of the late Captain A.L. Work of Craigiefield House, Kirkwall'.


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