Graphics Library >
R.R McIan 1803 - 1856
The Victorian era was the great age of romanticism and nowhere
was this more evident that at Queen Victoria's Scottish home of
Balmoral Castle on Deeside. She and her consort Prince Albert were
ardent fans of all things 'Highland' and enthusiastically embraced
the world of tartan.Born in 1803, Robert Ronald McIan became an
actor and he too became enthralled with tartans. McIan was also
something of a painter and with the encouragement and collaboration
of his friend James Logan, utilised those skills to produce The
Clans of the Scottish Highlands.
McIan's stage background is evident in many of his illustrations
which are theatrical in the extreme. They're also lacking the great
detail of the miniaturist McLeay but they do form the most complete
record of Highland dress of the day and are extremely popular for
framing and displaying in offices, pubs and dens. Painting tartans
is notoriously difficult and like many of his artistic colleagues,
McIan didn't always get them right!
Click on each illustration to see the full painting.
This fine collection of McIan prints
- 74 in all - are exact replicas of the originals and are
individually printed on art quality matt paper in two sizes
A4 (297mm x 210mm:
11.7inches x 8.3inches)
£10 plus vat if relevant & p&p.
A3 (420mm x 297mm: 8.3inches
£15 plus vat if relevant & p&p
Because of differing formats in
McIan's day the prints do not take up the complete width of today's
paper but do maximise the length.
Buy any of these