Masterpieces from Mount Stuart: The Bute Collection

For the first time in over 60 years a selection of the finest Old Master Paintings from the renowned Bute Collection at Mount Stuart will be on public display in Scotland.

Formed in the late eighteenth century by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute and Prime Minister to George III, the Bute Collection is widely considered to be one of the best British collections of Dutch and Flemish pictures. Its permanent home is Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, one of the finest examples of Gothic revival architecture in Britain.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200

Entry details

Free to all

Open daily, 10am – 5pm (Thur, 10am – 7pm)

What the critics say


The first substantial showing of the collection since 1949, it is a coup for the National Galleries and marks the start of a series of long-term loans from Bute.

  • Jackie Wullschlager
  • FT


he greatness of the Dutch painters was to see that such a things are beautiful in themselves and need no gloss.