History of Hospitalfield

AN ARBROATH cultural landmark is the subject of a new book in advance of the bicentenary of its founder.

Hospitalfield House in Arbroath is well known in art circles as one of the most important cultural resources in Angus.

Now, as the bicentenary of Patrick Allan-Fraser approaches in 2012, a book by Hospitalfield director Willie Payne will be released later this month.

Simply titled ‘Hospitalfield House’, the book contains many rich illustrations and a wealth of information relating to the history of the influential art institution.

In his foreword to the book, honorary patron Sir Mark Jones, former director of the V&A London said: “This short history of Patrick Allan-Fraser’s Hospitalfield shows how the son of an Arbroath stocking maker made a mark on the international art scene, contributed to the arts and crafts movement in Scotland and left a legacy to art, ideas and architecture in his home town which endures 200 years after his birth.”

The book will be launched at Hospitalfield’s Christmas Open Day on Sunday, December 11, priced £6.50 or two for £12.

All proceeds will go towards supporting Hospitalfield House.