Exterior View, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Photo: Keith Hunter © National Galleries of Scotland

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Exterior View, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
© National Galleries of Scotland, Lisa Flemming

Exterior View, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Photo: Keith Hunter © National Galleries of Scotland, Keith Hunter

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Photo: Keith Hunter © National Galleries of Scotland, Keith Hunter

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Photo: Keith Hunter © National Galleries of Scotland

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Photo: Keith Hunter © National Galleries of Scotland

Interior view, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Designed as a “shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines,” the iconic sandstone building of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery was opened in 1889, making it the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Today it houses portraits of historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns and more recent works depicting famous sportsmen and women, authors, actors and scientists. Further highlights include the museum’s Great Hall, which features an impressive painted frieze by 19th-century artist William Hole, and the Victorian Library.

Collection Highlights


Alison Watt Alison Watt, born 1966. Artist., 1986 - 1987 Oil on canvas- 30.80 x 30.80 cm National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Art Fund in December 2011 to celebrate the re-opening of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Photo.jpg

Alison Watt

Alison Watt
Gavin HAMILTON (1723-1798) Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon (1756-1799)  with Dr John Moore (1730-1802) and Sir John Moore (1761-1809) as a young boy, 1775-77 Oil on canvas, 183 x 144.7 cm Collection- National .jpg

Gavin Hamilton

Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon (1756-1799) with Dr John Moore (1730-1802) and Sir John Moore (1761-1809) as a young boy
Ken CURRIE (b. 1960) Three Oncologists (Professor RJ Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, 2002  Painting, oil on canvas, 195.5.jpg

Ken Currie

Three Oncologists (Professor RJ Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee)
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 – 1567 By an unknown artist, painted about 1610-15 Oil on canvas- 201.50 x 95.70 cm National Galleries of Scotland.jpg
Mary, Queen of Scots
Sarah Lucas Self Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996 Colour IRIS print- 74.60 x 51.50 cm Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Presented by Sadie Coles HQ, 2003. Photography- Antonia Reeve.jpg

Sarah Lucas

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs
Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Collection Highlights
Alison Watt Alison Watt, born 1966. Artist., 1986 - 1987 Oil on canvas- 30.80 x 30.80 cm National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Art Fund in December 2011 to celebrate the re-opening of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Photo.jpg
Photography: Antonia Reeve

Alison Watt

Alison Watt, 1986-1987
oil on canvas, 30.8 x 30.8 cm
National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Art Fund in December 2011 to celebrate the re-opening of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Gavin HAMILTON (1723-1798) Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon (1756-1799)  with Dr John Moore (1730-1802) and Sir John Moore (1761-1809) as a young boy, 1775-77 Oil on canvas, 183 x 144.7 cm Collection- National .jpg
© National Galleries of Scotland Photo: Antonio Reeve

Gavin Hamilton

Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon (1756-1799) with Dr John Moore (1730-1802) and Sir John Moore (1761-1809) as a young boy, 1775-1777
oil on canvas, 183 cm x 144.7 cm
Collection: National Galleries of Scotland Purchased with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 2001.
Ken CURRIE (b. 1960) Three Oncologists (Professor RJ Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, 2002  Painting, oil on canvas, 195.5.jpg
Collection: National Galleries of Scotland © Ken Currie

Ken Currie

Three Oncologists (Professor RJ Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee), 2002
oil on canvas, 195.58 cm x 243.84 cm
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587. Reigned 1542 – 1567 By an unknown artist, painted about 1610-15 Oil on canvas- 201.50 x 95.70 cm National Galleries of Scotland.jpg
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1610-15
oil on canvas, 201.5 x 95.7 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
Sarah Lucas Self Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996 Colour IRIS print- 74.60 x 51.50 cm Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Presented by Sadie Coles HQ, 2003. Photography- Antonia Reeve.jpg
Photography: Antonia Reeve

Sarah Lucas

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996
colour IRIS print, 74.6 cm x 51.5 cm
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Presented by Sadie Coles HQ, 2003.
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