The Monarch of the Glen secured for the nation
With our support, the National Galleries of Scotland has acquired The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer.
The Monarch of the Glen is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century. It has taken on many different meanings and can be considered a work of great technical accomplishment, a celebration of natural wonders, a romantic evocation of Scotland, a powerful marketing image and a potent symbol of changing and sometimes conflicting interpretations of Scottish culture and history.
In November last year, National Galleries Scotland (NGS) entered into a partnership agreement with Diageo. Under the arrangement, Diageo agreed to gift half the estimated market value of the painting to allow NGS the opportunity to acquire the work for £4 million. After securing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund, NGS launched a public fundraising campaign last month to help raise the final amount. Support for the public campaign has come from around the world with donations received from Anchorage, Queensland, Los Angeles and Hong Kong and from across the UK from Thurso to Bath totalling over a quarter of a million pounds. Additional donations from private trusts and foundations enabled the £4 million target to be reached.
Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said: ‘Many congratulations to National Galleries Scotland for successfully securing this truly iconic painting. The success of the public appeal is proof of its contemporary appeal, and its acquisition by the museum will open up many new opportunities for its display, interpretation and enjoyment by a wide public. We're very pleased to have played a part in securing this important work for Scotland. Many thanks to our members across the UK for their magnificent, ongoing support.’
The painting will initially be hung in the Scottish National Gallery for six months and will then go on tour across Scotland.