Alison Watt: Still, 2004​

Alison Watt, Still, 2004.

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Still is a monumental painting by Alison Watt which hangs in the Memorial Chapel of Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church. As Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh, once said 'No building as far as I am concerned so powerfully contains its past in the living present'. Watt's painting responds to particular aspects of the building and its history. Jacobite woman attending the chapel wore the white rose in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Whilst in the church's beautiful Memorial Chapel, built to honour the dead from the Great War, is a small iron cross that originally hung in the Grassmarket. It was the last object seen by the condemned before execution, past members of the congregation among them. 

Commissioned by Ingleby for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2004. 

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