Night Bird

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Argyll and Bute Council

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

Loosely painted, in the foreground is a paraffin lamp and on the dark horizon is an angular black bird. To the bottom right corner is a knife and an apple.

Lilian Neilson was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.

The Argyll Collection



Night Bird


oil on canvas


H 96.8 x W 121.9 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from the Society of Scottish Arts Exhibition, 1964

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'Neilson' 2. 'Night BIRD'


See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

The Argyll Collection

Oban Education Office, Dalintart Drive, Oban, Argyll and Bute PA34 4EF Scotland

Not all locations are open to the public. Please contact the gallery or collection for more information
View venue