Published: 06/10/2017 13:00 - Updated: 06/10/2017 09:05

Famous painting heads north on nationwide tour

Written byVal Sweeney

 

Monarch of the Glen
Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Christopher Baker, admires the Monarch of the Glen painting.

AN icon of Scottish culture has gone on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on the first stop of a Scotland-wide tour.

The celebrated 19th century painting, The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer, was acquired for the nation this year following a fundraising drive.

Instantly recognisable, it has come to symbolise the splendour of the Highlands and its wildlife. It was made in 1849-51 as part of a commission for the Houses of Parliament but was never displayed there.

It passed through private collections but was acquired for the nation by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland, with contributions from a number of organisations.

It is now being toured around Scotland to acknowledge donors and to give more people a chance to see it.

It will be in Inverness until November 18 before moving on to Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright.

Ian Murray, chief executive of High Life Highland, said: "The Monarch of the Glen is an immediately recognisable image to people in Scotland and across the world and we are delighted that residents and visitors to the Highlands have a chance to see the painting during its time at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery."

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