Burntisland Trust buys 19th century oil painting for its collection

Burntisland Heritage Trust have announced the acquisition of an oil painting to be added to the town’s collection.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 7:00 am

The oil painting, “Edinburgh from Burntisland”, by John Harvey Oswald (1851-1899), was painted in 1869 and shows a sailing ship, aground on the foreshore adjacent to the Black Rock with the

Edinburgh skyline in the background.

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George McLauchlan with the oil painting which shows a sailing ship, aground on the foreshore adjacent to the Black Rock with the Edinburgh skyline in the background.

The purchase was made possible by generous donations from private individuals, a grant from Burntisland Common Good Fund and the Heritage Trust’s own funds.

George McLauchlan, Burntisland Heritage Trustee, said “We are thrilled to have added this delightful painting to our collection. It continues the Trust’s commitment to preserving the town’s heritage and follows on from last year’s major restoration of three historically important oil-paintings which hang in the Burgh Chambers.”

It is anticipated that the new acquisition plus the three conserved and restored paintings will form part of an exhibition in the Burgh Chambers once the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Copies of the paintings will be available to purchase.

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