The Inventive Scots – giclée print - Indy Prints by Stewart Bremner

The Inventive Scots – giclée print

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Oor ain culture

Culture is one of the main things that define a country. It makes one place on a map more than simply in a different location to another place on a map. Scotland is no exception to this. From our tartans and traditions, to our writing, music, languages and so much more, the culture that has come to define Scotland has become known around the world.

Cringe no more

In the centuries since the birth of the union in 1707, Scots have been gradually all been taught to dislike, dismiss, or even flat out deny our culture. Known as the Scottish Cringe, this in-built censor manifests in all sorts of ways, often near words like 'twee' and 'parochial'. Bringing a focus and sense of worth to Scottish culture is one of the main aims of Indy Prints.

About this piece

For a tiny wee nation on the edge of Europe, Scotland has had an unexpectedly large influence on the world since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Is it because of the long dark nights, a relentless Calvanist spirit, or something else? Who can say.

The artwork

This print collects 40 inventions and discoveries made by Scots and people living in Scotland.

c14th Golf – Unknown • 1614 Logarithims – John Napier1694 Bank Of England – William Paterson1750 Discovering the properties of Carbon dioxide – Joseph Black1775 S-Trap (first modern toilet) – Alexander Cumming1776 Modern economics – Adam Smith1777 Grand piano – John Broadwood1779 Modern swing plough – James Small1781 Steam engine – James Watt1785 Geology (shown: the Hutton Section in Holyrood Park) – James Hutton1786 Statistical line charts, bar charts and pie charts – William Playfair1816 Macadam road – John Loudon McAdam1817 Kaleidoscope – David Brewster1824 Mackintosh raincoat – Charles Macintosh1827 Screw propellor – Robert Wilson1831 Identifying the nucleus in living cells – Robert Brown1839 Digestive biscuit – Alexander Grant1841 Electric Clock – Alexander Bain1847 Pioneering the use of surgical anaesthesia with chloroform – James Young Simpson1848 Determining the value of absolute zero – William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin*1853 Hypodermic syringe – Alexander Wood1861 Colour photography (shown: the first colour photograph) – James Clerk Maxwell1861 Theory of electromagnetism – James Clerk Maxwell1864 Devising the diagrammatic system of representing chemical bonds – Alexander Crum Brown1869 Pedal bike – Kirkpatrick Macmillan & Thomas McCall1876 Telephone (shown: Bell's first phone) – Alexander Graham Bell1880 Development of criminal fingerprinting – Henry Faulds1887 Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle1888 Horsehead Nebula – Williamina Fleming1888 Pneumatic tyre – Robert William Thomson & John Boyd Dunlop • 1892 Vacuum flask – James Dewar1893 Toaster – Alan MacMasters1920 Peter Pan – J M Barrie • 1922 BBC (shown: their motto) – John Reith1926 Television (shown: Baird's Televisor) – John Logie Baird1928 Penicillin – Alexander Fleming1935 Pioneer in development of radar – Robert Watson-Watt1980 Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner – John Mallard1996 The first cloned mammal (Dolly the Sheep) – Ian Wilmut* & Keith Campbell*1998 Pelamis wave energy device – Richard Yemm.
* working in Scotland

Product details
  • 300 gsm pH neutral conservation paper with archival inks
  • Digitally printed in Scotland