This picture was a commission for 'The Radical Road' pub in Edinburgh it is 4.5 foot by 6 foot and it was hung in the main bar.
The Radical Road was a track built in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park in 1820 by the radical insurrectionists as a punishment for an uprising. It was effectively the first community service. Three of their men were hung, drawn and quartered and the rest were faced with hard labour or deportation. Sir Walter Scott was magistrate at the time.
As this is an early socialist story, I took some inspiration from early twentieth century iconography on the matter. Whether they would have clydesdales to help or not, I thought it evoked memories of animal farm and there are many inspirational worker pictures to take inspiration from.
In direct reaction to this unrest, a visit to Edinburgh was arranged in 1822 by Sir Walter Scott for King George IV, during which an eighty year ban on tartan was lifted.