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Glen Affric

Photo credit: Highland Council

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Glen Affric is considered to be one of the most captivating Glens of Scotland and contains one of the largest ancient native pinewoods. For this reason, it is possible to suggest that this landscape painting is a realistic depiction of the Highlands, without being overly romanticised or exaggerated by MacDonald.

Little is known of the painter, whose works capture the beauty and vastness of the Scottish landscapes. Often his paintings include a lone figure in the background, engulfed by nature, a staple of Victorian landscape paintings. The inclusion of this figure offers a sense of scale to the work along with the sense of solitude that the Highlands are known for.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)



Glen Affric




oil on canvas


H 28.7 x W 44.1 cm

Accession number

INVMG 1982.181

Acquisition method

purchased from Andrew Paterson

Work type


Inscription description

Murray Macdonald./1893


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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (High Life Highland)

Castle Wynd, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EB Scotland

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