Sir John Steell, sculptor, and his artist brother Gourlay, in 19th-century Edinburgh, are the subjects of this beautifully illustrated publication.
Anyone interested in art and its history, especially if connected with Edinburgh, is sure to enjoy this book. Visitors to Scotland's Capital City will find it difficult to avoid encountering many examples of Sir John Steell's sculptural works, along and near Princes Street. The sheer number of sculptural commissions which John Steell received from people in all walks of life is astonishing. This publication describes dozens of portraits as well as short biographies of notables, including Scottish judges, scientists, members of the armed forces, ladies and royal figures, many of whom became good friends of the sculptor, who carved their likenesses with such skill.
Lovers of animals, particularly those of the canine, bovine and equine worlds will probably have come across paintings by the 'Scottish Landseer', Gourlay Steell. This talented painter became a very influential figure, as Curator of the Scottish National Gallery. He was also appointed official painter at the Highland and Agricultural Society and most of his paintings on permanent exhibition at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, are here replicated.
During the 19th century, these two brothers were celebrated for their contributions to Scottish art and even received recognition from Queen Victoria as Her Majesty's Sculptor and Painter of Animals in Scotland. However, in the present day, the Steell brothers are largely unknown to the general public. This book aims to help correct the situation and it is hoped that its pages will entertain as well as educate.