Save painting for Scotland
IT IS disappointing to discover that after many years of using it to promote their business, Diageo, the spirits giant, is putting Landseer’s painting, The Monarch
of the Glen, on the international market because it no longer fits with their brands.
This world famous work is synonymous with Scotland and the whisky trade – it should not be sold by auction.
If all whisky lovers threatened to stop drinking the stuff for a day in protest, it might help.
If Diageo can’t or won’t gift the painting to a Scottish art gallery without cost, Fiona Hyslop, Holyrood’s cabinet secretary for culture and the arts, should stop the sale and launch a public appeal to save it for the nation. If Landseer had been a Scotsman and painted William Wallace hurling abuse at the English on the field of Bannockburn, perhaps the situation might have been different. Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) was well known for his paintings of animals, particularly horses, dogs and stags. After The Monarch of the
Glen, his best known works are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square. Landseer spent many days studying deer in the Highlands. He often stayed at Glenquoich in West Inverness-shire where he used its hills as a backdrop in this king of paintings.