We will have a guided tour of Hospitalfield House, recently featured in the BBC's Britain's Lost Masterpieces. It was built in 1260 as a hospital for pilgrims travelling to the new abbey and after the Reformation was bought by the Fraser family. In 1843 the artist Patrick Allan met and married Elizabeth Fraser and they remodelled the house creating a significant early Arts & Crafts building including the Picture Gallery, one of Scotland'۪s most important Victorian rooms. They left their estates to support artists and education in the arts and it became an important place of study for the early Scottish Modern painters including James Cowie, 'the Two Roberts' and Joan Eardley. Morning coffee and lunch will be served in the Music room.
We will also visit the nearby Mortuary Chapel, designed by Patrick Allan Fraser as the family tomb and Arbroath Art Gallery to view two large oil paintings by Peter Breughel the younger.
On, then, to Montrose Museum and Art Gallery which opened in 1842, one of the first purpose-built museums in Scotland, where there is an exhibition updating the story of Alexander Moffat's seminal painting, Poets' Pub.