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Issue 2 - Doing the Dunnet

Scotland Magazine Issue 2
June 2002


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Doing the Dunnet

Thomson Roddick & Medcalf: Good Paintings – 18th Century to Contemporary. Tuesday March19th.

To be held at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh, the second sale for this auction house of pictures and sculptures by Scotland’s ‘modern masters’ will include as a highlight some portrait sketches and paintings by the late Lady Dorothy Dunnett. The multi-talented Lady Dunnett was a successful novelist as well as professional portrait painter. She was married to Sir Alastair Dunnett, Editor of The Daily Record and The Scotsman for 16 years. Lady Dunnett studied at both the Edinburgh and Glasgow Schools of Art, and exhibited works at the Royal Scottish Academy as well as painting the portraits of public figures in Scotland. She didn’t begin writing until her late 30s: historical novel Game of Kings was a bestseller in 1961, the first in a series, and Dorothy completed 22 more books before her death in 2001.

This sale will also feature John Quinton Pringle’s Parkhed, as previewed in Scotland Magazine, expected to fetch something between £5,000 (around $7,100) and £10,000 ($14,200).