The Thin Red Line

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Cumbrae And The Ayrshire Coast -

Pa­trick says, “This paint­ing (above) is one of the most recog­nis­able scenes in Scot­tish mil­i­tary his­tory. Robert Gibb’s mag­is­te­rial work de­picts the 93rd (Suther­land High­landers) Reg­i­ment stand­ing in line, fac­ing a charge of Rus­sian cav­alry, dur­ing the Bat­tle of Balaklava in 1854. Wil­liam Rus­sell, the war cor­re­spon­dent for The Times, re­called that they were ‘a thin red streak tipped with steel’. This paint­ing presents a vis­ual di­men­sion to a Scot­tish mil­i­tary tra­di­tion which placed the brav­ery and sto­icism of High­land sol­diers cen­tre stage. It was gifted to the Na­tional War Mu­seum of Scot­land in 2016 by Di­a­geo and forms the cen­tre­piece of our gallery which ex­am­ines the im­age of the High­land sol­dier.” 

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