Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen is one of the most famous British paintings of the 19th century; for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife. The picture became widely admired in the 19th century, when it was reproduced in prints, and achieved even greater renown in the 20th century when it was employed as a marketing image for various products, so endowing it with global recognition. Last year the painting was acquired for the nation after being in private and corporate collections since 1851. Support to purchase the picture came from far and wide and ensured that this magnificent work will be enjoyed by millions of people for generations to come.
Christopher Baker, Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, will discuss the fascinating history and impact of this iconic work.