As I hadn’t been to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling for decades, and the weather forecast predicted rain, I decided to pay a visit during a recent trip to the area.
I wasn’t able to take any photos of the exterior, or the garden, of the Smith Stirling, as heavy rain had started just before I arrived.
The entrance to the Smith Stirling is attractive, with large blue doors and colourful stained glass.
I started off in the Lecture Theatre, which had stained glass windows depicting Scottish scenes. Quite often the scenes on stained glass windows have titles, but I didn’t spot any. I thought that the one below might be of Cambuskenneth Abbey.
I didn’t recognise the location of the river portrayed below.
There was also some more modern stained glass, depicting local attractions such as the Wallace Monument.
Local landscapes were also featured in a ‘2014 Stirling’ textile art piece.
My favourite section portrayed Stirling Castle, Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Monument against the backdrop of the Ochil Hills.
In another section, I thought that top left was the bell tower at Cambuskenneth Abbey, top right was Stirling Castle, middle left was the Smith Stirling and middle right was Stirling Bridge. I wasn’t sure about the bottom two.
There were some relief sculptures on the wall. I thought that the one below looked rather like the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Wallace Sword in the painting below is now on display at the Wallace Monument.
I liked the painting of the miner.
The series of German towns and cities was painted by Otto Lamb, a German prisoner of war in the 1940s. From memory, Lamb painted directly on the walls of the camp’s Assembly Hall.
I recognised the cathedral in Ulm, as Amanda has written an article on Europe a la Carte about it being the tallest church in the world.
I’d never heard of the town of Braubach. It’s situated on the banks of the River Rhine, close to Koblenz.
Another painting which caught my attention was ‘Outside Right at Sunset Gate’ by Steven Campbell.
‘The Pity of War’ by Anda Paterson was on loan from the Scottish CND.
The Smith Art Gallery and Museum is free to enter. It’s located a ten minute walk from Stirling’s city centre. There’s free parking for visitors. You need to ask for a token at the reception desk to open the barrier when leaving. It’s closed on Mondays, open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 2pm to 5pm Sundays. The cafe at the Smith looked pretty popular with locals.