'The Legend of the Blackthorns', Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

Dark scene dominated by purples and black with two female figures central shrouded in black and looking downwards together

Watercolour and gouache
40.0 x 34.0 (15 ¾ x 13 3/8)
Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

It has been convincingly argued that this is a tribute painting by Margaret Macdonald to her late sister.

Blackthorn or Sloe is a winter-flowering plant commonly associated with mourning.

The two bowed pale figures can be seen as depictions of herself and Frances.