Cul­tural Gifts can save our na­tion’s best trea­sures

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

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.

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