Stanley Cursiter

The Interior of the National Gallery of Scotland

About this artwork

Cursiter was the last distinguished Royal Scottish Academician to be appointed Director of the National Galleries, a tradition dating back to the inauguration of the National Gallery (now Scottish National Gallery) in 1859. This is one of a series of studies painted by Cursiter as Director (1930-48), exploring alternative ideas for interior colour schemes and picture hangs. The Corinthian columns and shallow domes designed by Cursiter were removed in 1988, restoring the interior to its original appearance.

  • title: The Interior of the National Gallery of Scotland
  • accession number: NG 2466 A
  • artist: Stanley CursiterScottish (1887 - 1976)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on plyboard
  • date created: About 1938
  • measurements: 40.50 x 30.50 cm (framed: 50.00 x 40.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the aid of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Art Collections Fund 1987
  • copyright: © Estate of Stanley Cursiter. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017.

Stanley Cursiter

Stanley Cursiter

Born in Kirkwall, Orkney, Stanley Cursiter was one of Scotland's most prolific twentieth-century painters as well as being a writer and curator. He was one of the first students of the newly-opened Edinburgh College of Art and played an important role in introducing Post-Impressionism and Futurism to Scotland. He was appointed Director of the National Galleries of Scotland in 1930 and King's Limner for Scotland in 1948. Cursiter initiated the campaign to create a Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.