Between Thames and Hudson

On the peat-lined foreshore of the Thames hangs Turner’s ‘Peat Bog, Scotland c.1808‘. The Napoleonic Wars had prevented him from sailing to the continent and so he travelled north for inspiration.

On the gridded streets of New York, laid out like newly cut peat slabs on the moor, this weekend exiled Scots and those of Scottish heritage whose ancestors were forced overseas by clearance, famine, poverty and Hope celebrate Tartan Week by the Hudson.

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