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'Lochaber No More' depicts a scene from the time of the Highland Clearances, an infamous and bitter period in Scottish history during which an estimated 200,000 inhabitants were forced from their land between the 1770s and 1850s. The root causes were complex, but include overpopulation, near starvation due to poor harvests, severely raised rents by exploitative landlords, the introduction of widespread sheep grazing and the reluctance to abandon old farming methods, all aided and abetted by the extravagant promises of unscrupulous emigration agents. It was an outflow of the poorest and most vulnerable. Nicol treats the subject with a high level of emotional intensity. A man and a woman are aboard ship, bound for a new life in North America, Australia or New Zealand.
Lochaber No More
oil on canvas
H 109.2 x W 83.8 cm