David Law – Alloway Kirk

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Signed in pencil David Law (bottom right). Etching: Published 21st January 1893 by Robert Dunthorne. Vigo Street, London & Castle Street, Liverpool. Printed in the plate ” Kirk – Alloway was drawing nigh Whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry.” (bottom left). Inked title “Alloway Kirk” on inner slip of the original wooden mount. New frame. Exhibited: “Memorial catalogue of the Burns exhibition, Glasgow institute of the fine arts, 15th July – 31st October 1896”. P69.-70. 182. Alloway Kirk David Law.


The old Alloway Kirk is a ruin in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland, celebrated as the scene of the witches’ dance in the poem Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns. Tam o’ Shanter is a wonderful, epic poem in which Burns paints a vivid picture of the drinking classes in the old Scotch town of Ayr in the late 18th century.

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14 3/8 in x 19 in. (36.5 cm x 48.2 cm.)


11 5/8 in x 15 1/4 in. (29.5 x 38.8 cm.)


Image: 10 in x 14 in. (25.4 cm x 35.6 cm.)

Frame or Mount

Frame: 20 1/2 in x 24 1/2 in. (52.3 cm x 62.7 cm.)




Law, David (1831-1901)

David Law was a watercolour painter and etcher. He was the father of the watercolour landscape painters Annie and Beatrice Law. Law, who specialised in landscape painting, studied at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh from 1845 to 1850. He was an active exhibitor, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Society of British Artists, Fine Art Society, Dowdeswells Galleries, Agnew and Sons Gallery and Dudley Gallery. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Hibernian Academy, Glasgow Insitute of the Fine Arts, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Manchester City Gallery and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He entered membership of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1881. In 1884 he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists and in 1887 he became the society's Treasurer, that is, during James McNeill Whistler's Presidency (1886-88).