Monarch of the Glen goes on tour across Scotland

4th August 2017

The Monarch of the Glen, c.1851, Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73), Oil on canvas, 163.8 x 169 cm



The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) is delighted to announce that The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) will go on display in four venues across Scotland later this year. The iconic painting which was acquired for the nation in March after a four month fundraising campaign will go on show in Inverness, Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright.

The acquisition was made possible thanks to the enormous support from the public, The National Lottery, Art Fund, private trusts and foundations, Scottish Government acquisition grant funding and by a part gift by previous owners Diageo Scotland Ltd. The National Lottery and Scottish Government also gave additional funds to enable the painting to go on tour in Scotland.

The tour will begin in early October 2017 in Inverness and the painting will be on view for around 7 weeks at each venue.

The Monarch of the Glen is one of the most famous images associated with Scotland. Through its widespread use in commercial advertising and in popular culture, the picture has become instantly recognizable yet it remains an extremely powerful work of art and a rich source of debate about issues of history and identity. The tour forms part of the National Galleries on-going commitment to sharing its collection and working in partnership with communities across Scotland.

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 wide audiences across the country.

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