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Date(s) - 22/06/2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre


For those who are wondering why we are named after Arthur Conan Doyle, you would be surprised to discover that the author dedicated his life to the study and practice of Spiritualism. 

Whilst Arthur Conan Doyle is arguably most well-known for bringing the legendary Sherlock Holmes to life through his novels, it is less well known that he was a prolific Spiritualist.

What a better place than our centre to introduce the symbolism of spiritual art.

On the 22nd June, we will be delighted to present a full array of oil and watercolour paintings, all created by the artist and spiritualist Jane Stewart Smith (1839-1925).

We are very fortunate to have the symbolic painting, ‘The Dawn of Peace’ on permanent display in the Centre. This painting was donated to the Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists and has been on display in the Church since 1915 and, indeed, is admired by visitors from all over the country and abroad.

 This lecture, held by Dr Michelle Foot from the University of Edinburgh, will present the artworks of Jane Stewart Smith in context. The state of Spiritualism in Victorian Edinburgh is important for understanding both Smith’s oil and watercolour paintings and Dr Michelle Foot will go on to explain Smith’s symbolic picture, ‘The Dawn of Peace’, which celebrates the triumph of good over the forces of evil. The lecture will also explore the purpose of Smith’s ‘Bygone Days’ watercolour series and reveal how the artist’s Spiritualist beliefs informed her interests in painting Edinburgh’s historic old town and the spirits of the past. 

The event is intended to provide an informative and descriptive background into Spiritual Art and should fuel discussions for a Q&A Session.

The lecture will start at 4pm, followed by Q&A session. Wine and nibbles will be offered from 5.30pm.

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