Lecture or talk Adults

Sculpting the Nation: the Statuary on the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • Tuesday 18 June, 12.45-1.15pm


One of the most attractive features of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery building is the fine array of portrait statues that decorate its flamboyant mock-Venetian exterior. And yet when the gallery was opened to the public in July 1889, not a single figure had been placed in position. Ray McKenzie, author of Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (Liverpool University Press, 2018) will look briefly at how the sculpture programme was eventually realised, and consider some of the conservation challenges that came with it.

Thomas Crawford Hamilton Scottish National Portrait Gallery; interior and exterior views Drawn 1890
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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