Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery on Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. It holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. In addition it also holds the Scottish National Photography Collection. It is a red sandstone Gothic revival building, designed by Robert Rowand Anderson and built between 1885 and 1890, and modelled on the Doges Palace in Venice.

The gallery has been closed for refurbishment since April 2009 which is being carried out by Page\Park Architects, and is expected to reopen in late 2011.

Its collection includes:

  • Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth
  • John Byrne by himself
  • Robbie Coltrane by John Byrne
  • Sean Connery by John Bellany
  • James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton by Daniel Mytens
  • Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton by Oskar Kokoschka
  • Winnie Ewing by Norman Edgar
  • Alex Ferguson by David Mach
  • David Hume by Allan Ramsay
  • Walter Scott by Henry Raeburn
  • Adam Smith by James Tassie
  • Mary, Queen of Scots Several
  • Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) Several
  • Tilda Swinton by John Byrne
  • Ian Wilmut by Wendy McMurdo
  • Robin Jenkins by Jennifer McRae

It was established by newspaper magnate John Ritchie Findlay, owner of The Scotsman, who presented it to the nation. It opened in 1889.

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