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Monarch of the Glen comes to Paisley

One of the most famous paintings associated with Scotland is set to go on display in Paisley as part of a special tour of venues across the country.

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) will make its way to Paisley Museum and Art Gallery in early 2018 through a partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland.

Monarch of the Glen comes to Paisley

The National Galleries acquired the painting in March after a four month fundraising campaign, which was made possible thanks to enormous support from the public, The National Lottery, Art Fund, private trusts and foundations, Scottish Government acquisition grant funding and by a part gift by previous owners Diageo Scotland Ltd.

The National Lottery and Scottish Government also gave additional funds to enable the painting to go on tour in Scotland.

The tour will begin in early October 2017 in Inverness and will then go on show in Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright. The painting will be on view for around 7 weeks at each venue.

Through its widespread use in commercial advertising and in popular culture, The Monarch of the Glen has become instantly recognizable yet it remains an extremely powerful work of art and a rich source of debate about issues of history and identity.

The tour forms part of the National Galleries on-going commitment to sharing its collection and working in partnership with communities across Scotland.

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland said: “Thanks to the generosity of The National Lottery and the Scottish Government we are able to take this fantastic picture across the country to be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

“We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support that we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland.

“We hope that it will be admired and debated by wide audiences across the country.”

It was announced in November last year that the National Galleries of Scotland had entered into a partnership agreement with Diageo. Under the arrangement, Diageo agreed to gift half the estimated market value of the painting to allow the National Galleries the opportunity to acquire the work for £4 million.

After securing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund, the National Galleries of Scotland launched a public fundraising campaign to help raise the final amount. Support for the public campaign came 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.

An additional £100,000 from the National Galleries of Scotland acquisition fund from Scottish Government and donations from private trusts and foundations enabled the £4 million target to be reached.

Joyce McKellar, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with National Galleries Scotland to welcome the Monarch of the Glen to Paisley Museum and Art Gallery in early 2018.

“Following the acquisition of this iconic painting for the nation, this will provide an opportunity for new audiences to see the Monarch of the Glen, and to be able to engage with the debate on what it means for our history and identity.”