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The National Galleries of Scotland is home to one of the world’s finest collections of art, which ranges from the Middle Ages to the present day. The spectacular buildings house the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art and a collection of Scottish and international photography. They welcome visitors to three principal sites in Edinburgh: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Imogen Gibbon, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Portraiture at the NGS, on 21st July 2021. You can find a recording at https://youtu.be/mKIiAq4eXXk

6 artworks
Esther Inglis (1571–1624), Calligrapher and Miniaturist
Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Esther Inglis (1571–1624), Calligrapher and Miniaturist 1595

unknown artist

Oil on panel

H 74.6 x W 63.2 cm

National Galleries of Scotland

Sakæus (about 1792–1819), Inuit Hunter, Interpreter and Artist
Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Sakæus (about 1792–1819), Inuit Hunter, Interpreter and Artist c.1818

Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840)

Oil on panel

H 29.9 x W 22 cm

National Galleries of Scotland

Eric Liddell (1902–1945), Athlete and Missionary
© courtesy Chris Beetle Gallery. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Eric Liddell (1902–1945), Athlete and Missionary 1925

Eileen Soper (1905–1990)

Oil on canvas

H 73.5 x W 61.5 cm

National Galleries of Scotland

Three Oncologists (Professor R. J. Steele, Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri and Professor Sir David P. Lane of the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee)
© the artist/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland
Susie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver
© the artist. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Susie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver 2018

Angela Palmer (b.1957)

Crystal glass

H 28 x W 25.7 x D 33.1 cm

National Galleries of Scotland

Horse McDonald (b.1958), Singer and Songwriter
© the artist. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Horse McDonald (b.1958), Singer and Songwriter 2019

Roxana Halls (b.1974)

Oil on linen

H 140 x W 120 cm

National Galleries of Scotland