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After the Massacre of Glencoe
oil on canvas
123.2 × 175.8 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: Peter Graham / 1889
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of James Graham Esq., 1889
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
At 5.00 a.m. on 13 February 1692 the forces of William III – all of whom, under the false pretence of collecting taxes, had been billeted with the citizens of Glencoe, Scotland – rose against their MacDonald hosts to execute a ‘secret and sudden’ massacre. William III’s troops, acting upon the English monarch’s presumption of Scottish support for the exiled Stuart king James II, were instructed to ‘put all to the sword under seventy’, and after doing so they burned Glencoe’s villages to the ground. After the Massacre of Glencoe depicts the few survivors, climbing to safety into the breathtakingly beautiful hills above their torched homes.


Original, English, 19th century, surface not original

Though there is no label on this frame it is comparable to the W. A. Smith frame on Halsewelle’s Heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye 1886.
A similar frame is found on Peter Graham’s An Easterly Breeze (p.312.2-1) and a variant on William Hatherell The baliffs daughter of Islington (4308-3)

Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf


outer frame re-surfaced

165.5 x 219 x 15 cm