Established in 1874, The McManus comprises over 10,000 items spanning four centuries of production. At its core is one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th century Scottish painting in the country. This is the legacy of Dundee’s nineteenth century industrialists and the strength of the City’s art college. In recent years collecting has focused on acquiring contemporary work that amplifies themes from Dundee’s history, supporting local identity and a sense of place.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Anna Robertson, Fine & Applied Art Manager at the McManus, on 3rd November 2021. You can find a recording at:https://youtu.be/O2xh6Z0VsDM

6 artworks
'And All the Choral Waters Sang'
Image credit: The Orchar Collection: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums (Dundee City Council)

'And All the Choral Waters Sang' 1902

William McTaggart (1835–1910)

Oil on canvas

H 119.4 x W 180.3 cm

The Orchar Collection: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums (Dundee City Council)

Willielma Campbell (1741–1786, née Maxwell), Lady Glenorchy
Image credit: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Willielma Campbell (1741–1786, née Maxwell), Lady Glenorchy 1762

Catherine Read (1723–1778)

Oil on canvas

H 127.2 x W 101.9 cm

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Disbanded
Image credit: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Disbanded 1877

John Pettie (1839–1893)

Oil on canvas

H 94.5 x W 67.3 cm

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Autumn, Kinnordy
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Image credit: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Autumn, Kinnordy 1936

James McIntosh Patrick (1907–1998)

Oil on canvas

H 76.8 x W 102.2 cm

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Waldella, Dundee
© David Batchelor. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023. Image credit: Ross Fraser McLean

Waldella, Dundee 2009

David Batchelor (b.1955)

Mixed media

H 10 x W 80 x D 40 cm

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Andvord Bay, Antarctica
© the artist. Image credit: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Andvord Bay, Antarctica 2009

Frances Walker (b.1930)

Oil on marine ply

H 122 x W 366 cm

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)