Earliest Scottish landscape may have been Pieter Bruegel the Elder engraving

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Bass Rock is thought to feature in Armed Three-master with Daedalus and Icarus in the Sky from the Sailing Vessels by Pieter Bruegel the Elder Bass Rock is thought to feature in Armed Three-master with Daedalus and Icarus in the Sky from the Sailing Vessels by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

A renowned engraving by a Dutch Renaissance painter has been unveiled as the earliest-known image of a Scottish landscape, according to leading figures in the art world.

Armed Three-master with Daedalus and Icarus in the Sky from the Sailing Vessels is now thought to show the Bass Rock circled by gannets, but the identification of the beauty spot off North Berwick has proven impossible for almost 600 years.

The engraving, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, had been overlooked because it has traditionally been shown in reverse.

The engraving seems to be of the Bass Rock The engraving seems to be of the Bass RockMIKE WILKINSON /THE SUNDAY TIMES

But this year, Duncan Macmillan, an art historian and professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, was told by a friend that the piece bore similarities to the Bass Rock.

Professor Macmillan, a former curator of the Talbot Rice…

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