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This dual-venue show showcases art and artefacts from one of the foremost private collections in the world.

Simultaneously running at the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow and Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, the exhibition was conceived to celebrate the latter's tercentenary in 2017.

Mount Stuart – built in 1879 – was the unique neo-Gothic vision of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect Robert Rowand Anderson. It was the first house in Scotland to boast electric lighting, central heating, telephones or a passenger lift, not to mention the world's first heated indoor pool.

The property is also home to the Bute Collection, which was largely formed by the 3rd earl of Bute, John Stuart, during the 1770s. Stuart was the first ever Scottish-born prime minister and a favourite of George III, best known for his scandalous political life, but also an important and influential patron of the arts.

His collection includes works by Dutch Golden Age masters Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael, important portraits by Anthony van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds and Allan Ramsay and history subjects by Claude Lorrain and Veronese.

Highlights are shown across each of the two venues, while at Mount Stuart the paintings are joined by historical artefacts, including items of costume, jewellery, letters, botanical illustrations and satirical engravings.

The Hunterian

University Of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G12 8QQ

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Opening times

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery Tue–Sat 10am–​4pm, Sun 11am–​4pm. Mackintosh House remains closed.

A range of safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines. As well as pre-booked timed entry, we have introduced hand sanitising stations, screens at our welcome desks, enhanced cleaning and one way routes to help with physical distancing. We would ask all our visitors to wear a face covering to minimise any risk.

*The Mackintosh House remains closed for now because of physical distancing guidelines. We’re sorry about that but will keep you updated and give you a reopening date as soon as possible.

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