- 18th May 2012 − 3rd February 2013 | Scottish National Gallery | Admission free
For the first time in more than 60 years a selection of Old Master Paintings from the famous Bute Collection at Mount Stuart is going on public display in Scotland.
Featuring nineteen Dutch, Flemish, Early Netherlandish, and French pictures, the exhibition includes celebrated landscapes by Aelbert Cuyp and Jacob van Ruisdael, scenes from everyday life by Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and David Teniers as well as portraits by Joos van Cleve, Jacob Jordaens, and Antoine Le Nain.
The Bute Collection was primarily formed in the late eighteenth century by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute and Prime Minister to George III. It was regarded as the best collection of Dutch and Flemish pictures formed in Britain before the French Revolution. Since the 19th Century, the collection has been housed at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute.
Mount Stuart is a magnificent Victorian Gothic mansion on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Since its opening to the public in 1995, it has been a major visitor attraction in the West of Scotland.