John Adam P. Houston (1812/13-1884), Scottish
Oil on board; signed with initial monogram and dated 1868 lower left; titled and inscribed with an excerpt of the ballad to an old handwritten label verso
14" x 10" — 35.6 x 25.4 cm.
The text (verso) reads:
The Elliots and Armstrongs did convener
They were a gallant companie
We’ll ride and meet our lawful king,
And bring him safe to Gilnockie.
Make kinnen and capon ready then,
And venison in great plentie;
We’ll welcome here our noble king;
I hope he’ll dine at Gilnockie!
They ran their horse on the Langholm holm,
And brak their spears wi’ mickle main;
The ladies lookit frae their loft windows:—God bring our men weel hame again !
Fine Art Department, London