Stanley Cursiter

The Interior of the National Gallery of Scotland (About 1938)

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 2016. All Rights Reserved, DACS.

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.