The Tayside Medical History Museum was founded in 1989 by staff from the University of Dundee Medical School. Based at Ninewells Hospital, the Museum has been jointly managed by the University and NHS Tayside, and, since 1995, its collections have been accessioned as part of the University’s Museum Collections.
Paintings represent just a small part of the Museum’s collection and mostly comprise portraits of local medical personalities and benefactors. Many of these come from Dundee Royal Infirmary, which closed in 1998. A number of medical portraits from the main University Fine Art Collections are also on display at Ninewells and are listed here, including the oldest painting in the University’s collections, a portrait of Dundee doctor David Kinloch dated 1614. This forms a fascinating contrast with the most recent portrait to enter the collection, Andrew Hay’s powerful portrait of a severely disabled patient, Hugh McColl, entitled 'Estado de gracia'.