View and zoom into this image on our new collection website
Scottish National Portrait Gallery; interior and exterior views 1890

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Thomas Crawford made this drawing of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery a year after its public opening in 1889. The artist suggests the scale of the building in relation to the minute figures of several passers by. The construction of the gallery became possible when John Ritchie Findlay, then owner of The Scotsman newspaper, donated £50,000 to the project. The architect Robert Rowand Anderson modelled his design partly on the Doge's palace in Venice, creating a magnificent neo-gothic building.

Glossary Open


The rulers and chief magistrates of the former republics of Genoa and Venice in Italy.


A nineteenth century revival of the medieval Gothic style, particularly in architecture and the decorative arts. Also known as Gothic Revival.

Doge, Neo-Gothic


  • Acc. No. PG 1760 A
  • Medium Ink on paper
  • Size 15.30 x 13.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by J. Kent Richardson 1944