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How Our Image of Scotland is Rooted in History and Myth

Scottish Identity in Art: Introduction and Tailpiece how is Scottish identity in the 21st century influenced by the art of times past?

Tartanalia (translated title?) think of Scotland, think of tartan how did this stereotype come about?

Scottish Landscapes how romantic views of Scottish scenery came to be so popular in Victorian times.

Scottish Enlightenment how European styles were adapted to create a distinctively Scottish quality, and how that in turn left an international legacy.

Myth and Reality what is the truth behind Scottish legends like Robert Burns and Mary, Queen of Scots?

To Reach

From the First Floor Entrances

Unless you need step-free access, the easiest way to reach this gallery is via the Southeast Stairs from the South Foyer. Turn rightt at the top of these stairs and go through the first entrance on your right into the gallery.

From the Main Entrance

Whilst you could make your way via the Lower East Stairs, (or the outside stairs to the Rear Entrance) to Ground Floor Level, then via the Southeast Stairs to First Floor Level, you may as well use the lift.

Via the Lift

From the Main entrance, continue past the Shop, turn left and continue to the wall at the east end of the central space, then move right, past the entrance to the Restaurant, to locate the East Lift.

Go to First Floor Level, turn left (south) and continue to the top of the Northeast Stairs, in front of you. Turn left and go through the first entrance on your right into the gallery.


This is a large, rectangular space with two central display features.

Going clockwise from the west entrance.

North Side

  west entrance
painting, The White Cockade
jutting out, relics of Robert Burns
jutting out further

South End

  bust of Donald Dewar

West Side

  glass case, James Tassie's Medallions
bust of Adam Smith
painting, Morning by Jacob More

Continuing North Side

  various paintings, see Kelvingrove literature
jutting out, painting, Evening by Jacob More
glass case jutting west, silverware
glass case east of this, tartan clothing of 1730's
retreating north

West Side

  painting, Lord Murray 1680's

Continuing North Side

  painting of the MacNab
east entrance
poster, Scottish Identity in Art

East Side

  Painting, Mr Singh's India
entrance to Every Picture Tells a Story

South Side

  large painting of Glenn Coe
Scottish landscapes
The Last of the Clan
Scotland in Europe
Scottish Enlightenment
Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
poster, Mary Queen of Scots
Heroism and Humanity

West Side

  blank door
poster, Scottish Identity in Art
painting, The Scotsman

The East Feature

South Side, Going West

  painting, Balmoral in the Autumn
statue of Walter Scott
jutting out south, glass case about early golf and guns

West End

  glass case, early guns

North Side, Going East

  jutting north, poster explaining the guns etc.
glass case, Tartan Revival
retreating south
interactive, various Scottish people and objects
interactive, Views of Scotland

East Side


The West Feature

East Side

  glass case, Collectors' Curios

South Side


West Side, Going North

  poster of Robert the Bruce
jutting west, painting, Bannockburn
copy of the Funerary Brass of Robert de Bures
jutting south, glass case with swords and armour
continues round south and west end

North Side, Going East

  Myth and Reality
painting, The Massacre of Glenn Coe
jutting out, glass case, artefacts of Bonnie prince Charlie
North Side
  Rebel chair
West Side
  Jacobite glassware and medals
Collector's Curios jutting east

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