Portrait of the month

Portrait of the Month offers the opportunity to explore the breadth and wealth of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery collection during the Gallery’s two and half year closure.  It will focus on one portrait for each month until the refurbished Portrait Gallery reopens in 2011.

The featured portraits and have been specially chosen by a variety of Portrait Gallery staff including curators, educators and gallery attendants, as well as public figures, to reflect the Portrait of the Nation project.  Each person will explain his or her own responses to the works of art and their reasons for choosing them.

  • 2009

    • James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, 1702 - 1768, and his family by Jeremiah Davison
    • Muriel Gray, b. 1959. Broadcaster by Iain Clark
    • The Golfers by Charles Lees
    • Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1720 - 1788. Eldest son of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart ('Wanted Poster') by Richard Cooper, the Elder
    • Three Oncologists (Professor RJ Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. by Ken Currie
    • The Campbell of Glenorchy Family Tree by George Jamesone
    • Professor John Brown (Astronomer), b. 1947 by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
    • Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, 1637 - 1671. First wife of James VII and II by Sir Peter Lely
  • 2010

    • Sarah Biffin, Mrs E.M. Wright, 1784 - 1850. Artist (Self-portrait) by Sarah Biffin, Mrs E.M. Wright
    • Norman MacCaig, 1910 - 1996.  Poet by Alex Main
    • (Lady) Naomi Mitchison, 1897 - 1999. Author by Percy Wyndham Lewis
    • Bill Gibb, 1943 - 1988 by Michael Leonard
    • Mary of Guise, 1515 - 1560. Queen of James V by Corneille de Lyon
    • Mr Laing or Laine by Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill
    • James Boswell, 1740 - 1795. Diarist and biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson by George Willison
    • James MacMillan, b. 1959. Composer by Calum Colvin
    • Flora Clift Stevenson, 1840 - 1905. Educationalist and philanthropist by Alexander Ignatius Roche
    • Alasdair Gray, b. 1935. Novelist by Iain Stewart
    • Anne Bayne, Mrs Allan Ramsay, d. 1743. Wife of the artist Allan Ramsay by Allan Ramsay
    • Charles II, 1630 - 1685. King of Scots 1649 - 1685. King of England and Ireland 1660 - 1685 (When Prince of Wales, with a page) by William Dobson
  • 2011

    • Edwin Morgan, 1920 - 2010. Poet by David Annand
    • What You See Is Where You're At by Luke Fowler
    • Lady Arabella Stuart, c 1577 - 1615. Only daughter of the 6th Earl of Lennox by Robert Peake
    • Jackie Kay, born 1961. Poet by Michael Snowden
    • James Nasmyth, 1808 - 1890. Inventor of the steam hammer (Self-portrait) by James Nasmyth
    • Scottish Miners by Milton Rogovin
    • John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, 1616 - 1682. Statesman by John Roettier
    • Self-portrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe by Douglas Gordon
    • Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1860 - 1937. Author by Sir William Nicholson
    • Joan Eardley, 1921 - 1963. Artist by Joan Eardley
    • Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark, 1665 – 1714 by Jan van der Vaardt, Willem Wissing
    • Missing by Graham Fagen