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Appeal to save Landseer work

Public urged to help buy painting for the nation

Digital monarch
A digital animation of the deer, recreating the animal’s famous pose, was screened on the side of the gallery wall to launch the appeal. (photo by Terry Murden)

Fund raising appeal launched

An appeal has been launched urging the public to help secure one of the country’s most famous paintings for the nation.

With a deadline fast approaching, the National Galleries of Scotland is seeking a final tranche of £750,000 to help it acquire The Monarch of the Glen, the nineteenth century masterpiecby Sir Edwin Landseer.

It has already received support from current owner Diageo, the drinks company, as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund.

A partnership was agreed in November last year with whisky giant Diageo which will gift half the estimated market value of the painting to allow NGS the opportunity to acquire the work for £4 million.

Monarch of the Glen
Landseer’s masterpiece

This will allow the painting to remain on public view in Scotland. NGS was given four months to raise the remaining funds and the deadline is now just a month away, on 17 March.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has agreed to support the campaign with a £2.75m donation and the Art Fund is gifting £350,000. Along with other donations and pledges, this means that the NGS has already raised £3.25m towards the final target.

Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland said: “There has been a great response to the news that we have a fantastic opportunity to acquire this iconic image for Scotland.

“We are absolutely delighted by the incredible support from the HLF and Art Fund and have already received numerous donations and pledges from private individuals. 

“However, we still have some way to go to reach our £4 million target and with only one month left until the deadline we are keen to reach out to the public to help ensure that The Monarch of the Glen can stay in Scotland to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Ros Kerslake, chief executive, the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: The Monarch of the Glen is an evocative painting which has earned global recognition.

“With the help of National Lottery players, we are playing our part in securing it a permanent home at the National Galleries of Scotland. We very much hope the fundraising campaign will be successful and enable many more people to enjoy this beautiful and historic painting.”

Dr. Stephen Deuchar, Director, Art Fund said: This technically superb picture is as interesting and provocative today as it was when first exhibited. I hope the public will support the NGS’s campaign.”

Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary, said: “I congratulate the National Galleries of Scotland on securing significant sums from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund to support their acquisition of the iconic Monarch of the Glen painting. “

The Monarch of the Glen has been in private and corporate collections since it was painted in 1851.

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