The Monarch of the Glen
The Monarch of the Glen is one of the most famous British pictures of the nineteenth century: for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife. Painted by Edwin Landseer, it depicts a monumental and precisely defined ‘royal’ or twelve point stag – a reference to the number of points on its antlers. Many of Landseer’s paintings show interactions between humans and animals, but in this, his most well-known work, a single emblematic creature is viewed in a moment of exhilaration. The Monarch of the Glen became widely admired in nineteenth century, when it was reproduced in prints, and achieved even greater renown in the twentieth century when it was employed as a marketing image for various products, so endowing it with global recognition.
The iconic painting was acquired for the nation in March 2017 after a high-profile fundraising campaign. Between October 2017 and May 2018 it will go on show in Inverness, Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright. Organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, with support from Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Art Fund.
IMAGE CREDIT: Sir Edwin Landseer, The Monarch of the Glen, c.1851. Purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland Ltd, with contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dunard Fund, the Art Fund, the William Jacob Bequest, the Turtleton Trust and through public appeal 2017.