Plea to see Monarch in the Glens

Arts: Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land in funds drive to buy iconic Scot­tish paint­ing

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY BEN PHILIP

A fundrais­ing cam­paign has been launched by the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land (NGS) to se­cure one of the world’s most fa­mous paint­ings.

The Monarch of the Glen, painted by Sir Ed­win Land­seer in 1851, fea­tures an iconic im­age of a stag in a misty High­lands land­scape.

A part­ner­ship be­tween NGSandthe paint­ing’s cur­rent owner – global drinks com­pany Di­a­geo – was agreed in Novem­ber last year.

Un­der the agree­ment, Di­a­geo will gift half the es­ti­mated mar­ket value of the paint­ing to al­low the gallery to ac­quire the art­work for £4 mil­lion by March 17.

This will al­low the sym­bolic paint­ing to re­main in pub­lic view in Scot­land for vis­i­tors to en­joy.

The cam­paign has al­ready raised £3.25mil­lion to­wards the fi­nal tar­get, sup­ported by dona­tions from such as the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, who pledged £2.75mil­lion, andArtFund, who gave £350,000.

Sir John Leighton, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land, said: “There has been a great re­sponse to the news that we have a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire this iconic im­age for Scot­land.

“How­ever, we still have

“Fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire this iconic im­age for Scot­land”

some­way to go to reach our £4mil­lion tar­get and with only one month left un­til the dead­line, weare­keen to reach out to the pub­lic to help en­sure The Monarch of the Glen can stay in Scot­land to be en­joyed for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

TheMonarch of the Glen has been in pri­vate and­cor­po­rate col­lec­tions since it was painted.

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