What to see this week

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Hugh Buchanan: New Town is at The Scot­tish Gallery, 16, Dun­das Street, Ed­in­burgh, un­til July 1 (0131–558 1200; www.scot­tish-gallery.co.uk) The lead­ing wa­ter­colourist has cre­ated a spe­cial body of work (right: The Sèvres

Vase) to mark the 250th an­niver­sary of Ed­in­burgh’s New Town. No artist is bet­ter qual­i­fied to give ex­pres­sion to the beauty, har­mony and sym­bol­ism of Ge­or­gian Ed­in­burgh, while, at the same time, show­ing the city’s ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­ri­ors as they are lived in to­day. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing cat­a­logue con­tains es­says by Prof Dun­can Macmil­lan (‘The En­light­en­ment in Stone’), Adam Wilkin­son on North­ern Light, Ian Gow on Ed­win Smith’s Ed­in­burgh pho­tog­ra­phy and Prof Peter David­son on Ed­in­burgh by lamp and moon­light.

Wil­helmina Barns-gra­ham is at Water­house & Dodd, 47, Albe­marle Street, Lon­don W1 un­til July 7 (020–7734 7800; www.wa­ter­house­dodd.com) Barns-gra­ham (1912–2004) was born and died in Scot­land, but also worked in St Ives from 1940, where she es­tab­lished her rep­u­ta­tion along­side con­tem­po­raries such as Terry Frost, Bryan Wyn­ter and Peter Lanyon. She trav­elled widely and ab­sorbed many lessons from the Euro­pean avant-garde. This sur­vey shows her evo­lu­tion through a va­ri­ety of styles, from early fig­u­ra­tive art to her late ges­tu­ral ab­strac­tions. The works have been sourced di­rectly from the Barns-gra­ham Trust and are for sale.

A Frag­ile Beauty: Art on the Black­down

Hills 1909–1925 is at the Mu­seum of Som­er­set, Taun­ton Cas­tle, Taun­ton, Som­er­set, un­til July 8 (01823 255088; www.mu­se­u­mof­som­er­set.org.uk) The Cam­den Town Group artists, led by Sick­ert, are best known for their paint­ings of ur­ban life, but they were later drawn to ru­ral places, no­tably the Black­down Hills. This loan ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes works by artists such as Spencer Gore, Charles Gin­ner and Robert Bevan that cel­e­brate the land­scapes of Devon and Som­er­set, which re­main lit­tle changed.

John Monks: Mir­ror Image is at Long & Ryle, 4, John Is­lip Street, Lon­don SW1, un­til July 28 (020–7834 1434; www.lon­gandryle.com) Re­flec­tions and the ef­fect of light on in­te­ri­ors and ob­jects are pre­oc­cu­pa­tions of John Monks, who di­vides his time be­tween two stu­dios, one in a con­verted Clapham fur­ni­ture fac­tory and the other in a re­stored château. His elo­quent paint­ings can be found in such pub­lic col­lec­tions as the Met in New York and the V&A.

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