The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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The Solemnisation of the Marriage of James III and Maria Clementina Sobieska, by Agostino Masucci

Visitors at the Portrait Gallery Great HallNational Galleries Scotland: Portrait

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Located in an amazing building right the centre of Edinburgh, the Portrait Gallery offers a great collection of Scottish artists and artworks related to the story of Scotland, dated from the seventeenth to the twentyth century. Here you can start your visit:

The Baptism of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1725) by Antonio DavidNational Galleries Scotland: Portrait

Imagining Power | The Visual Culture of the Jacobite Cause

This dramatic exhibition considers the Jacobites - those loyal to the deposed Stuart dynasty at home and abroad. The term ‘Jacobite’ derives from ‘Jacobus’, the Latin form of James, and describes those who supported James VII and II, the exiled Catholic monarch of Scotland, England and Ireland, and his heirs.

Miss Maidie and Miss Elsie Scott (1915) by Eric Harald Macbeth RobertsonNational Galleries Scotland: Portrait

Heroes and Heroines

This exhibition re-examines some major Scottish figures, from Thomas Carlyle to Andrew Carnegie, raises questions about the nature of hero-worship and the values that were upheld by our Victorian forebears, and considers the influence exerted by military men, scientists and  and inventors who helped shape the modern world. Female artists, scientists, writers and suffragists have a strong presence, and Queen Victoria’s personal influence on the age over which she presided institutionally is examined.

Kenneth Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Seaforth 1744 - 1781 at home in Naples: fencing scene (1771)National Galleries Scotland: Portrait

Scots in ltaly | Artists and Adventurers

Celebrated as the centre of classical and modern European civilisation, Italy held many attractions for eighteenth-century Scots. Artists and architects came to study its matchless heritage. Wealthy aristocrats refined their minds and manners in a world of glamour and learning. 

Take a virtual tour

Click on the arrows and follow steps around the breathtaking Great Hall... the higher level gallery rooms. Keep exploring here. 

You can even use the tool to help plan your trip by locating your favourites before you visit, like  The Solemnisation of the Marriage of James III and Maria Clementina Sobieska, by Agostino Masucci. Please note that temporary exhibitions, the Modern Portrait  display, the Café and the Library are not featured. 

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