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Title :

Prejudice and parsimony : early acquisitions of modern French paintings at the National Gallery of Scotland

Author :
FOWLE, Frances ;
Publication year :
2005
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This essay concerns the early buying policy of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. It focuses in particular on acquisitions of French paintings from 1907 to 1914 and considers the reasons - including contemporary taste, financial constraints and personal prejudices - for the purchases that were made by the Director and the Board of Trustees. It outlines the various bequests and gifts that came to the gallery during this period and attempts to identify those pictures which were offered for purchase but turned down by the Board of Trustees. The essay demonstrates the extent to which the gallery was affected by the rising market value of French 19th-c. art and shows that, despite the availability of works through the sale of private collections, and despite the encouragement of dealers in Glasgow and London, the Board of Trustees' decision-making was affected not only by the Gallery's limited budget, but by a deeply-entrenched conservatism and a lack of connoisseurship. ;
Pagination/Size :
, pl. 1; 6 ill. (1 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 530-V - 1800-1945 ;
French keywords :
Acquisitions ; Collections ; Commerce d'art ; Coût ; Edinburgh (GBR), National Gallery of Scotland ; France ; Goût (esthétique) ; Grande-Bretagne ; Muséologie ; Peinture ; 1800-1914 ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Acquisitions ; Art market ; Collections ; Cost ; Edinburgh (GBR), National Gallery of Scotland ; France ; Great Britain ; Museology ; Painting ; Taste (aesthetics) ; 1800-1914 ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Visual culture in Britain, 2005, 6, 2
INIST identifier :
24838532 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1471-4787 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Ashgate, Aldershot
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;