Artist: Edward Atkinson Hornel
61 by 45.7 cm. Glasgow Museums No 2479. This painting of the Brownie was inspired by William Nicholson's 1825 poem, "The Brownie of Blednoch". It was commissioned by Hornel's friend Malcolm Harper to illustrate a book of poetry entiled the Bards of Galloway. The work also featured in the luxury edition of Harper's Rambles in Galloway. Aiken -drum sits on the hillside guarding the sheep. The moon, here representing the mysterious cup and ring marks found in the Galloway countryside, which so fascinated Hornel and his colleagues, lights the scene. A witch on her broomstick crosses the eerie canvas.