The UK’s National Portrait Gallery was established in 1856 as an art gallery to house portraits of historical figures in British History. In 1896 it moved to its present location on Trafalgar Square in London. Well, when we visited Edinburgh last May we discovered that the Scots have their own National Portrait Gallery and it has been around since 1890. We visited the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street one day and we came away impressed with both the collection of art and the interior architecture of the building.
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A processional frieze created by William Hole in 1898 wraps around all four sides of the museum’s entrance hall. Hole also painted the murals that adorn many of the walls on the first floor.
The following photo is the original color version of the photo I submitted for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge (see here).
Most of the galleries are on the museum’s second floor. Some of the rooms contain permanent collections while others display rotating themes. The exhibit in Gallery 1 is entitled Reformation to Revolution. It closes on April 1, 2019.
Galleries 2 and 3 contain a special exhibit on the Tweeddale family. This exhibit closes on May 28, 2017.
Galleries 5 and 6 contain a special exhibit called Scots in Italy which closes on March 3, 2019. Although all of the portraits in the museum are of Scots only about half of the works are created by Scot artists. Many prominent Scots either lived in exile or just visited countries such as Italy where they encountered European artists who immortalized them on canvas.
The museum’s library is located on the first floor. Also on this floor is a room that holds the Scottish National Photography Collection. And Gallery 11 is a large room that usually contains an exhibit for which there is an admission charge. The current exhibit is entitled Facing the World – Self Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei but you better hurry if you want to see it — it closes this Sunday!
Here are some more portraits I found in different rooms. I hope you find them interesting!
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is on 1 Queen Street at the end of York Place in Edinburgh. It was well worth the five-minute walk from our hotel (Holiday Inn Express) on Picardy Place!