Re-visiting the Tivoli Theatre



“The Rising” original acrylic on paper by Howard Butterworth

I recently enjoyed the Eric Auld Exhibition that was chosen by his family and I was delighted to see some early and previously unseen work by Eric. A particicular favourite was a small bright sunset.

After the success of my “Recollection” exhibition in 2013 and a continuing friendship with Brian Hendry, owner and rescuer of the Tivoli theatre, I agreed to revisit with a collection of a new and old originals and for the first time prints.

I will be showcasing “The Artist’s Garden” which was inspired whilst painting the Anchor for Friends of ANCHOR #20for20 Voyage Campaign. The idea was drawn from the gardens at home and the June Borders of Crathes Castle, “The Artist’s Garden” and the associated anchor are a tribute to those beautiful spaces that inspire, lift spirits, provide tranquility and hold precious memories.

The exhibition in bar area will be open from Tuesday 12th September for 6 days. I will be there 11 – 3pm most days to welcome you and answer any of your questions. Those that know me will know that I can chat passionately about most things especially cars!

If you would like to attend please CLICK HERE

Thanks to Tom Daly Photography and Go View Media for capturing Scotland Collected this week whilst I was at the Tivoli, the result I’m sure you will agree is quiet amazing!

Thoughts of painting in Spain…

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“Villa Azul” Limited Edition Giclee Print by Howard Butterworth

Finding myself thinking of Spain & hopes of warming up, to start my year of painting ; however finding myself in better weather at home!


Forest of Birse Church, through Finzean. Royal Deeside

My habit of starting the year with painting outside in blue skies, heat & with almond blossom has typically broken my January blues, however the light level over the past week at home has triggered me into action, despite it still being a bit cold.

So, whilst contemplating a trip to Spain, I find myself studying the weather reports, news and supermarkets!




Yes, I have found that the Norfolk Savoy Cabbage is still available, whilst the Spanish Courgettes are now not to be found locally.

These unexpected changes are keeping me home as I don’t think the art market is quiet ready to believe snow covered palm trees and beaches. Instead, the blues skies and frosted landscape of Royal Deeside is more believable and attractive.


Over the next few weeks I will continue my contemplation of my pros & cons. In the meantime you may see me out and about in my Hilltrek red jacket!

Above, I’m putting the finishing touches to an Oil painting of “Mickle Kinord”  Muir Of Dinnet in the Cairngorm National Park

“The Roup” 1983, Aultonrea


actual roup

Howard was at ‘The Roup’ in 1983 at Aultonrea, Glenmuick. Miss Esson who had owned the lease on the property, was part of a local family who had lived and worked on Deeside for many generations and after she passed away her estate was broken up and sold. Howard believed it to be one of the last sales of it’s kind in the area and as he was part of the community wanted to mark the occasion. On the day,he stood and viewed the sale and made several sketches of the event to use for reference;  later finishing the painting in his studio in 1986.

(A Roup is a displenish sale in Scotland; where farms and small holdings, machinery and contents are sold at auction, on site.)


Howard recalls that “it was a fabulous day and there was such a crowd of people of all shapes, sizes”…  and “a complete mix of Lairds, locals” and also those who had travelled some distance to get there!

“The items that were for sale where just amazing, the house was quite large and it was absolutely full of furniture” there were lots of Georgian and Edwardian pieces and “a tudor wash stand”…also…”all the machinery and farming implements” too. Howard recalls that he bought “one of the most useful purchases that I’ve ever made in my life. For ten pence I got a tramp-pick!  A tramp-pick is specifically designed for getting rocks out of fields..(and)…is so much better than a pick axe and has been so useful over the years!”

In Howard’s painting some of the items for sale are featured; Miss Esson’s candle lantern and also a signed photograph of Queen Victoria, “believed genuine” as the auctioneer stated at the time. He also painted the cheeky Robin watching the event  from the fence post, the circling buzzard overhead and a dog in the foreground, who seemed very happy to be there. The Roup was a truly social event and the painting depicts many people gathering, swapping stories and bidding on the items offered for sale. Interestingly Howard remembers that the furniture made more money at the sale than the farm machinery, probably because “the farmers are too busy farming than going to sales!”

The lithograph of “The Roup” Aultonrea, was printed in the late 1980’s and was sold from ‘Rosie’ the caravan (the first ‘Butterworth Gallery’) at the family home in Glenmuick for £70; it was a signed limited edition of 250 copies on high quality paper and was printed by a Scottish company called Nevis Print who were based in Fort William. “The Roup” sold out in the early 1990’s some of the last copies to have exchanged hands recently have sold in the region of £600; auctioneers, art enthusiasts and community locals have made this painting of Howard’s a truly iconic collectors piece.

The original oil painting  hung on the wall in the managers office at the Clydesdale bank, Ballater for safe keeping for many years and many Aberdeenshire locals have fond memories of seeing “The Roup” on visits to the village. In recent years it has featured in exhibitions at The Butterworth Gallery and Howard’s ‘Recollection’ exhibition at The Tivoli,  Aberdeen in 2013.

Howard turned seventy on the 29th June this year and to mark this special birthday after much consideration and public interest Howard and the family took the decision to print “The Roup” Aultonrea as a limited canvas giclee print;  a relatively new printing technique which was unavailable to Howard in the 1980’s.

The giclee printing technique on canvas, gives the finished print an appearance closer to an original. The giclee canvas print of “The Roup” is limited to seventy prints; it is signed, numbered and then varnished and is approximately the same size as the original, 20″ x 30″ (excluding frame size). The Butterworth Studios Ltd, will be printing “The Roup” to order, in house and  the family take great pride in their final product.

'The Roup

“The Roup” £500 unframed

The limited edition giclee canvas print is now available to view at the Butterworth Gallery and orders are being taken.

The Butterworth Gallery,

Ballogie , Aboyne.

AB34 5DP

Tel: 013398 86104

Written by H.J.K with Howard Butterworth and The Butterworth Gallery