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Paintings and Altar in St Margaret's Chapel


The 7 paintings and altar were gifted by John David Gordon 6th of Wardhouse (1774-1850) who had settled and married in Spain.  He provided 1000 towards the construction of the Chapel

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The Altar

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Jose Luis Diez

Jefe Department of Painting and Sculpture 19th Century

Prado Museum, Madrid


Dear Sir,

It gives me pleasure to answer your letter in which you sought my opinion regarding a series of religious paintings on Christ’s Passion given in 1840 by John David Gordon to the Chapel in Huntly, Aberdeenshire which you sent me on floppy disc.

In my opinion  the paintings are of fairly good quality painted by a minor artist , definitely at the dawn of the 18th century. They are copies from religious prints  thus reducing their artistic interest and value.

The paintings were probably taken from a convent or chapel in Andalucia when all Spanish church buildings were confiscated at the time of the overthrow of Mendizabal.

I regret that I am unable to give you more precise information and hope that I have helped you in some way.

With kind regards,

Jose Luis Diez

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