Fife landmark gift to gallery

Railway Poster Painting of Holyrood Park, 24/03/11:'"Falkland Palace" (top painting) donated to Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, pictured with  Peter Ovenstone (director of the Heritage and Scottish Committees of the Heritage Railway Association) and Gavin Grant from Fife Museums Service'  Photography for the City of Edinburgh Council from:'Colin Hattersley Photography'www.colinhattersley.com'colinhattersley@btinternet.com'07974 957 388
Railway Poster Painting of Holyrood Park, 24/03/11:'"Falkland Palace" (top painting) donated to Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, pictured with Peter Ovenstone (director of the Heritage and Scottish Committees of the Heritage Railway Association) and Gavin Grant from Fife Museums Service' Photography for the City of Edinburgh Council from:'Colin Hattersley Photography'www.colinhattersley.com'colinhattersley@btinternet.com'07974 957 388

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery is to display an oil painting of Falkland Palace later this summer.

The painting of the popular Fife landmark by celebrated British artist Claude Buckle has been presented to the gallery.

The oil painting, which shows the medieval royal palace in Falkland in the 1950s, was given by BRB (Residuary) Ltd - the British Rail residuary body - at the request of the Railway Heritage Committee.

The painting was used as the illustration for one of the iconic railway advertising posters of the 1930s to 60s.

The original painting has not been seen by the general public until now.

Peter Ovenstone, the acting chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee, said: “We are delighted to enable this fine painting to be put on public display.”

Gavin Grant of Fife Council Libraries and Museums said: “This is the first work by Buckle that we have been able to acquire. We are very pleased to accept a painting of such an important Fife landmark. The work also complements similar railway poster paintings by McIntosh Patrick that are already held by us. Visitors will be able to see the Falkland oil in a show of recent additions to our collections in Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery in July and August.”