The Dowie Denns of Yarrow (1866) by Sir Joseph Noel paton, RSA. Oil on canvas. Engraved by Stephen Miller. Source: the 1869 Art-Journal [Click on image to enlarge it.] Text and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Michigan and the Hathi Trust Digital Library and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]

Art-Journal Commentary

‘The Dowie Denns of Yarrow,’ is from one of a series of six pictures, painted for the Royal Association for Promoting the Fine Arts in Scotland, for the purpose of engraving. The popular old Scottish ballad known by the above title contains no such actual scene as is represented here, but it may be accepted as a fit sequel to the story, and shows the lifeless bodies of the knight who fell in mortal combat and his lady who died beside him when she found him stricken down, carried by retainers to their castle home. [3]


Dafforne, James. “British Artists: Their Style and Character. No. LXVII. Sir Joseph Noel Paton.” Art-Journal. (1869): 1-3. Hathi Trust Digital Library digitized from a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 6 April 2014.

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