Rare book yields images for Christmas event

Shopping; Shopping Centres & Malls; 1998''Description: The Queen Victoria Building,Sydney
Shopping; Shopping Centres & Malls; 1998''Description: The Queen Victoria Building,Sydney

A 100-STRONG audience braved the road conditions to enjoy the Spirit of Christmas open day at Hospitalfield on Sunday.

Music was provided by the Strathmore Singers and there was a Christmas Pop Up Shop, courtesy of entrepreneurial Duncan of Jordanstone graduates Taisir Gibreel and Hatti Pattisson.

The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust used the event to launch an exclusive line of art cards based on illustrations from a bound folio lodged in the Arbroath house’s historic art library.

The designs are from Specimens of Ornamental Art published in 1850 - a publication well ahead of its time in the phenomenal quality of its printing even by today’s standards.

The bound folio was ‘by command of’ His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg Gotha, president of the Society of Arts and is one of many fine volumes to be found in the Hospitalfield art library. Friends of Hospitalfield can now enjoy special access to the library by appointment.

Chair of the Hospitalfield Trust Kenneth Cargill said: “We are always pleased to see new visitors - many of them local - discover Hospitalfield for the first time and Sunday was no exception in spite of inclement conditions.”

Cards and gift memberships of Friends of Hospitalfield are now available online at www.hospitalfield.org.uk