Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an art museum on Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, which holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. In addition it also holds the Scottish National Photography Collection. Since 1889 it has been housed in its red sandstone Gothic revival building, designed by Robert Rowand Anderson and built between 1885 and 1890, donated by John Ritchie Findlay, owner of The Scotsman newspaper. The gallery reopened on 1 December 2011 after being closed since April 2009 for the first comprehensive refurbishment in its history, which was carried out by PagePark Architects.

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... with works mainly by foreign artists of Scottish royalty, nobility, and mainly printed portraits of clergymen and writers the most notable paintings were mostly made on the Continent (often during periods of exile from ... As in England, the Scottish Reformation all but extinguished religious art, and until the 19th century portrait painting dominated Scottish painting, with patrons gradually ... In the 16th century most painted portraits are of royalty or the more important nobility the oldest work in the collection is a portrait of James IV of Scotland from ...

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