Cultural Gifts can save our nation’s best treasures
THE controversial proposed sale on December 8 of one of the best-known paintings in Britain, Sir Edwin Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen, by the multinational drinks business Diageo (COUNTRY LIFE, November 9), was called off last week. The company acquired the work as a result of a merger with Dewar’s whisky, which used it as a trademark. Dewar’s was subsequently sold by Diageo to Bacardi and, on the grounds that the painting had ‘no direct link to our business or our brands’, it was to be sold after having been on loan to the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) for 17 years.
In the event, however, Diageo has come to a generous agreement with the NGS over the future of the painting.