National Gallery at 150

Major William Clunes, died 1829Major William Clunes, died 1829 Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1864 - 1932)Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1864 - 1932) Diana and ActaeonDiana and Actaeon St Peter PenitentSt Peter Penitent An Old Woman Cooking EggsAn Old Woman Cooking Eggs Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) The Sacrament of PenanceThe Sacrament of Penance The StormThe Storm Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896) The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)

Several noted Scots select their favourite works from the National Gallery of Scotland's collection.

One hundred and fifty years have passed since the Scottish National Gallery first opened in 1859. Throughout the subsequent century and a half, the gallery has seen many changes and made many world-class acquisitions. It is one of the nation’s most visited attractions and continues to play a pivotal role in the cultural history of Scotland.


In celebration of the Scottish National Gallery’s 150th anniversary, a number of notable Scots from the worlds of culture, politics, sport and entertainment have selected their favourite artworks from the collection. Here, they explain what attracted them to a particular work.


Original feature by Jackie McGlone in the Herald Magazine (15 August 2009).

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