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How old is Agnes Murray-Kynynmound in this portrait by Allan Ramsay (1713–84)?
Culross Palace in Fife was built by a merchant named Sir George Bruce. How did he make his money?
Coal and wool
Timber and wool
Salt and timber
Coal and salt
The Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) used photographs to aid his paintings and was greatly inspired by Japanese culture and photography. Which Japanese city became most famous for its hand-coloured photography studios in the late 19th century?
In this painting by John Opie (1761–1807) we see seven of the children of the 21st Laird of Brodie, posing with their family dog. Brodie Castle is full of portraits that show the family with their favourite animals. Can you guess what unusual pets Violet Brodie (1878–1958) was particularly fond of?
In this beautiful example of a double portrait, James V of Scotland is depicted with his second wife, Mary of Guise. However, this is a 19th-century copy of a 16th-century original. Where can you find the original portrait?
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
National Portrait Gallery
In the painting at Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran – The Temptation of Saint Anthony by David Teniers II (1610–90) – the saint is depicted being tormented by a number of gruesome beasts and demons. Which of these bizarre and sinister creatures always appears in Tenier’s depictions of St Anthony?
Frogs, bats and crabs
Flying fish, or ‘serras’
A defecating egg with the head and legs of a chicken
Lions, serpents and dragons dressed as monks
All of the above
Designed by William Adam in the 1770s, Haddo House was the home of the Gordon family who entertained the great and good of British society; which statesmen does this portrait by Richard Evans depict?
Admiral Lord Nelson
Sir Robert Peel
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry
Which monarch is depicted in this painting?
Charles Edward Stuart
1:A - The prominent Scottish painter, Allan Ramsay (1713–1784), painted Agnes Murray-Kynynmound in 1739, when the sitter was only eight. When Agnes’s father, Hugh Dalrymple-Murray-Kynynmound, died just three years later, she went to live with her aunt and uncle at the Palladian house Newhailes. At the age of 15, she eloped with the 24-year-old Gilbert Elliot, and their eldest child became the first Earl of Minto. Image: Falkland Palace and Garden, 2:D - Sir George Bruce built one of the first underwater coal mines by tunnelling down beneath the sea bed and building a shaft in the water, so coal could be loaded on to ships. While the best coal was traded, the rough coal was put into "pans" along the shore and sea water was heated to create salt. He built a home (now known as Culross Palace) by the port in 1597. Business was doing so well that by 1611 he was building a large extension. Here he is depicted in a painting by George Jamesone (1589/90-1644). Image: National Trust for Scotland, Royal Burgh of Culross, 3:A - Photographs of this type were known as Yokohama shashin (Japanese for "photograph" or "photography"). They originated in the Japanese city of the same name in the 1860s–80s. Hornel visited Japan in 1893–94 and 1921. This painting by Hornel, titled Japanese Musician, was painted 1921-25. Image: Broughton House and Garden, 4:B - Aside from dogs, cats and horses, Violet Brodie also kept a succession of toads, including one called Cleopatra. Despite Violet’s avid interest in photography, we don’t have a visual record of her amphibious friends – but she did include a clipping in a scrapbook album she compiled between 1906 and 1913. Image: National Trust for Scotland, Brodie Castle, 5:B - The original portrait was most likely painted after the deaths of both James and Mary, possibly from existing portraits of the pair. They were the parents of Mary Queen of Scots (1542–1587), who during her imprisonment by Elizabeth I (her first cousin once removed), was put into the care of the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, the owners of Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Image: National Trust for Scotland, 6:E - Teniers explored the theme of The Temptation of Saint Anthony throughout his career and produced hundreds of variations on the subject, reusing and adapting imagery and motifs. Popular motifs include demons in the form of lions, serpents and dragons, some dressed in monk's habits, as well as other creatures associated with the devil, such as frogs, bats, crabs and "serras" (flying fish). The unusual motif of a defecating egg, bearing a chicken's head and feet, appears in almost all Tenier’s depictions of the saint. Image: Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, 7:C - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who was twice Tory prime minister (from 1828-30 and briefly in 1834). His portrait is at Haddo because the 4th Earl, George Hamilton-Gordon, was the secretary of foreign affairs during the duke’s first term in office. Both men resigned in protest of the 1832 Reform Act which sought to increase access to the vote). Some years later, William Ewart Gladstone was a guest at Haddo in 1884, around the time he was introducing a similar bill: the Representation of the People Act. Image: Haddo House/Positive Image, 8:B - This portrait attributed to the Flemish artist Adrian Vanson (d. before 1610) is a depiction of King James VI (1566–1625). Vanson was court painter to the king, working in Edinburgh from 1584. Image credit: James V, attributed to Adrian Vanson, Falkland Palace & Garden, National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace & Garden
8 and above.
There's hasn't been a Sheffield-related triumph like this since the glory days of Def Leppard. Up the blades!
7 and above.
You have a heart, soul and mind of pure Sheffield steel.
6 and above.
5 and above.
Wear your pink glove, babe – you got 5 out of 8!
4 and above.
Half marks. That's a creditable effort.
3 and above.
Not bad. Not amazing either.
2 and above.
To you, Sheffield culture means Arctic Monkeys. And why not?
0 and above.
1 and above.
Well, it's a start.