A `snapshot' of the single most important moment in 19th-century
Scottish history. This book is based on an extraordinary painting
by David Octavius Hill of the Disruption - a now half-forgotten
schism in the Church that was so divisive in Scottish society and
so explosive that it shaped Scotland as we know it today. It
involved all the `movers and shakers' of the 19th century. It was a
watershed in Scottish history. The `big picture' depicts
individuals present in amazing detail, and the personal stories of
many of them are enthrallingly told in the book. The painting took
20 years to finish, using the fledgling techniques of photography
for reference. The pacy, enthralling style of the book captures the
stories of real lives at this dramatic time - when religion was the
anchor of most people - in a way that is totally absorbing. This is
a must-read for anyone interested in Scotland or in the pioneering
methods used by the artist.
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