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Book Launch: Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art | Michelle Foot

2 February.5:30 pm-7:00 pm

2nd February | £5/Free* | 5:30pm – 7pm | In-Centre

*Student ID Required

The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre is delighted to host this special event celebrating the recent publication of Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art: Scots, Spirits and Séances, 1860-1940 by Michelle Foot.

Join us for a talk by Michelle followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.

During her research, Michelle visited the Centre many times and Jane Stewart Smith’s painting, The Dawn of Peace, which hangs in the Library here, is discussed in detail in the book.

Published by Bloomsbury, Michelle’s pioneering account of Modern Spiritualism in late 19th and early 20th-century Scotland is a compelling history of the international movement’s cultural impact on Scottish art. From spirit-mediums creating séance art to mainstream artists of the Royal Scottish Academy, this exposition reveals for the first time the extent of Spiritualist interest in Scotland.

Read reviews for Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art here

joan frew at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

Dr Michelle Foot is Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Art at the University of Edinburgh. Her book Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art: Scots, Spirits and Séances, 1860 – 1940 was recently published with Bloomsbury Academic Press. She is also co-editor of a new volume Art, Music and Mysticism: Seeing and Hearing the Beyond, forthcoming with Routledge in May 2024. Her next project will focus on Enchantment in the Celtic Revival. She is currently a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Trustee of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.


2 February
5:30 pm-7:00 pm
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