Margaret MacDonald (1864-1933) ”The Legend of The Blackthorns”, c1922. Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper. Blackthorn or sloe is an early spring flowering shrub traditionally linked with death. It is probable this watercolour commemorated the death of Margaret MacDonald’s sister, Frances MacNair, in December 1921. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.