Perth art lovers will be able to enjoy one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings when The Monarch of the Glen goes on public display this Saturday (November 25, 2017) from 10am.
Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 masterpiece will visit Perth Museum and Art Gallery for a seven-week period between November 25, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
The Fair City dates are part of a nationwide circuit which also includes Paisley, Inverness and Kirkcudbright. The tour is being funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The magnificent 1851 painting of a stag set against a Highland backdrop had been on long-term loan to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh for 20 years before owners Diageo decided to put it up for sale for the first time in 100 years.
However, the 163.80 x 168.90 cm oil-on-canvas was saved for the nation after the drinks company struck a deal with the National Galleries of Scotland to sell it for less than half its £10 million valuation. It was acquired by the Galleries in March after a global fundraising drive to keep the painting in the country.
Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, said:
“I am delighted that Perth Museum and Art Gallery has been chosen to host this iconic painting which comes with such a rich history and cultural significance. It underlines Perth’s ability to host these big name travelling exhibitions and I am sure The Monarch of the Glen will be a big draw for art lovers across Perthshire, Kinross-shire and beyond.”
Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said:
“Thanks to the generosity of The National Lottery and the Scottish Government we are able to take this fantastic picture across the country to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support that we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland. We hope that it will be admired and debated by audiences across the country. Inverness was a great success and I’m sure the painting will attract plenty of excited visitors to Perth”.
Alongside this majestic painting, Perth Museum and Art Gallery will be taking the opportunity to display other works from the permanent collection including the much-loved Loch Katrine by Horatio McCulloch in an exhibition that explores the reality behind the romanticised vision of the Scottish landscape and wildlife of the 19th Century. Other works in the exhibition focus on the Highland Clearances, Clans, hunting and the coming of the railways.
The exhibition will be supported by a programme of events and activities that will offer a range of audiences an opportunity to explore and enjoy the artworks, and to engage with debates surrounding issues of history and identity raised this by national icon.