Smailholm Tower (2016)
Gouache painting by Nick Harling


  • Gouache painting, Paper on board
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 9.25 × 12.2 × 0.08 in / 8.07 × 11.06 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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Nick Harling

United Kingdom

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One of the finest preserved peel towers in the Scottish Borders, Smailholm Tower commands the surrounding moorland from its craggy perch near Kelso. Built by the Pringles, a family of reivers, in the late 15th or early 16th century, it suffered at the hands of English raiders several times over the years. In later times, the tower was owned by the family of Sir Walter Scott.

I chose this low angle to really set the tower starkly against the sky; the jagged barmkin (defensive outer wall) adds to the tower's dour appearance, which is relieved only by the red sandstone quoin stones.

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Gouache on hot-pressed art board

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