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Dirleton Castle

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Ian C. Cochrane

DirletonCastle
Dirleton Castle by Ian C. Cochrane
Oil on Board
1991
46 x 56 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL00687

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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In this painting of Dirleton Castle in East Lothian, the artist Ian C. Cochrane, has captured both the castle's tumultuous past and its tranquil present. Set on a rocky outcrop the ruins of the castle, imposing, and magisterial, rise up in front of the viewer, framed by trees in full leaf and softened by sunlit lawns. A sense of scale and depth is created by the slightly raised perspective from which the parkland and castle are viewed, and the smaller trees positioned in the middle distance.

Pathways running horizontally through the park and the encircling rock on which the castle stands balance the verticals of the ruined buildings. The colour palette emphasises the warmth of the sun as well as providing a contrast between the sandy brown of the castle stonework and the different shades of green of the redwood, beech and sycamore trees. Dating back to the 13th Century, Dirleton Castle was owned by successive noble families, each adding to the network of buildings. It was however badly damaged during Cromwell's siege of 1650. Although never re-built the area around the castle was landscaped and a garden developed.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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