Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery At the heart of the University of Glasgow since 1807
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The Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and the Mackintosh House are now open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm.

🤔 Did you know that American artist James McNeill Whistler always took his drawings with him in the gondola while on his...
05/01/2024

🤔 Did you know that American artist James McNeill Whistler always took his drawings with him in the gondola while on his expeditions around Venice?

This pastel, ‘The Old Bridge – Winter’, from our collection at the University of Glasgow, is thought to have been drawn in in the winter of 1879.

The artist Otto Bacher is quoted as saying: "His gondolier, Cavaldro, a very handsome sort of man, was hired by Whistler by the month."

This weekend is your last chance to see ‘Chasing the Jacobite Dream’ at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow. The...
04/01/2024

This weekend is your last chance to see ‘Chasing the Jacobite Dream’ at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow.

The exhibition reveals our extensive collection of Jacobite medals and explores how they played a key role in the foundation of this afterlife as powerful objects in a long propaganda war.

Highlights include a rare badge depicting Bonnie Prince Charlie worn by a soldier during the ’45, a scarce medal struck in Edinburgh during the city’s occupation by Jacobite forces in September and October 1745, and a discreet medal designed to be worn as jewellery by supporters of the prince.

Closing at 5.00pm on Sunday 5 November! Admission free.

We’re delighted that our   venues on the University of Glasgow campus open again as usual today at 10.00am!You can see ‘...
03/01/2024

We’re delighted that our venues on the University of Glasgow campus open again as usual today at 10.00am!

You can see ‘Stage and Screen: Designs from the James L Gordon Collection’ and ‘The Trembling Museum’ in the Hunterian Art Gallery and 'Chasing the Jacobite Dream in the Hunterian Museum.

Free entry to the Hunterian Museum and Hunterian Art Gallery. Entry charge for the Mackintosh House.

If you’re an Outlander fan, don’t miss our fabulous exhibition ‘Chasing the Jacobite Dream’ at the Hunterian Museum, Uni...
02/01/2024

If you’re an Outlander fan, don’t miss our fabulous exhibition ‘Chasing the Jacobite Dream’ at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow.

The exhibition reveals our extensive collection of Jacobite medals and explores how they played a key role in the foundation of this afterlife as powerful objects in a long propaganda war.

Until Sunday 7 January. Free entry!

 !This work, ‘Clyde Valley, from the Coo Road’ by Scottish artist Duncan Shanks takes its name from a track used for the...
01/01/2024

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This work, ‘Clyde Valley, from the Coo Road’ by Scottish artist Duncan Shanks takes its name from a track used for the transport of cattle that runs along the River Clyde before going up the hill just behind the artist’s house.

Looking along the hedgerow covered in icicles towards Crawford, it belongs to a group of sketches capturing different lighting effects on a snowy winter day.

Can you spot the hare running past?

🖼️ Duncan Shanks, ‘Clyde Valley, from the Coo Road’, © the artist. The Collection, University of Glasgow.

🤔 Did you know that   was born   in 1720 at the Palazzo Muti in Rome?If you’d like to find out more about Prince Charles...
31/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that was born in 1720 at the Palazzo Muti in Rome?

If you’d like to find out more about Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the Rising, visit our ‘Chasing the ’ exhibition in the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow.

The Hunterian Museum will be open again from 10.00am on Wednesday 4 January 2023.

‘Chasing the Jacobite Dream’ then closes at 5.00pm on Sunday 7 January, so catch it while you can!

🌇 As the sun sets on 2023, don’t forget that our   venues on the University of Glasgow campus close tomorrow at 5.00pm f...
29/12/2023

🌇 As the sun sets on 2023, don’t forget that our venues on the University of Glasgow campus close tomorrow at 5.00pm for the holiday.

All Hunterian venues, including the Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and House will reopen as usual at 10.00am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

🤔 Did you know that this watercolour by Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie   is related to a Christm...
28/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that this watercolour by Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie is related to a Christmas card he designed for an important client?

Wenman J Bassett-Lowke, Mackintosh's client at 78 Derngate, Northampton, established a tradition of specially designed personal greeting cards reflecting his own interests.



🖼️ Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 'Ships', c.1922.
The Hunterian collection, University of Glasgow.

Come along and see us from tomorrow at 10.00am!The   Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and the   House on the University of ...
26/12/2023

Come along and see us from tomorrow at 10.00am!

The Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and the House on the University of Glasgow campus are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December.

See our current exhibitions, ‘Stage and Screen: Designs from the James L Gordon Collection’ and ‘The Trembling Museum’, in the Hunterian Art Gallery or 'Chasing the Jacobite Dream' in the Hunterian Museum.

Free entry to the Hunterian Museum and Hunterian Art Gallery. Entry charge for the Mackintosh House (free to under 18s and UofG staff).

🤔Did you know that this title page comes from an illuminated manuscript produced by talented artists (and sisters) Franc...
25/12/2023

🤔Did you know that this title page comes from an illuminated manuscript produced by talented artists (and sisters) Frances and Margaret Macdonald?

‘The Christmas Story’ was produced c.1895–96 and featured hand-painted watercolours contained within a beaten brass cover.

In this design, the tree is both a stylised Christmas tree and a symbol for the Tree of Life.



🖼️ Frances Macdonald McNair, Title page, for ‘The Christmas Story’, 1895–96.

🤔 Did you know that this beautiful etching by Robert Sargent Austin is a portrait of the artist’s granddaughter? Austin ...
24/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that this beautiful etching by Robert Sargent Austin is a portrait of the artist’s granddaughter?

Austin (1895–1973) was a noted artist, illustrator, engraver and currency designer and is widely considered to be one of Britain's leading printmakers.

🤔 Did you know that the   marks the first day of winter in the astronomical calendar? It also heralds the longest night ...
22/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that the marks the first day of winter in the astronomical calendar?

It also heralds the longest night and the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

Daylight hours grow shorter and shorter as the winter solstice approaches and begin to slowly lengthen afterward.

🖼️ Duncan Shanks, ‘Clyde river walk, sun through pine trees’, page 18 from sketchbook 100. © the artist.

collection, University of Glasgow.

🤔 Did you know that this book is the so-called ‘first’ modern novel?It is one of only 29 existing copies of the first ed...
21/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that this book is the so-called ‘first’ modern novel?

It is one of only 29 existing copies of the first edition of 'Don Quixote, Part I' and was hastily printed for sale at Christmas 1605.

It is now housed in the University of Glasgow’s Library, Archives and Special Collections.

🖼️ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spanish, 1547–1616). 'El ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha'. Madrid: Juan de la Cuesta, 1605.

It’s almost Christmas and our   venues on the beautiful University of Glasgow campus close tomorrow at 5.00pm!But the Hu...
20/12/2023

It’s almost Christmas and our venues on the beautiful University of Glasgow campus close tomorrow at 5.00pm!

But the Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and House will open again at 10.00am on Wednesday 27 December.

Find our opening hours for the Christmas and New Year holidays on our website.

🤔 Did you know there was a theatre production called 'The Snowman' long before the Raymond Briggs classic appeared on th...
19/12/2023

🤔 Did you know there was a theatre production called 'The Snowman' long before the Raymond Briggs classic appeared on the screen and stage?

This is a costume design by artist Walter Crane (1845–1915) for 'The Snowman' by Arthur Sturgess, produced at the Lyceum Theatre, London, in December 1899.

Primarily known as a book illustrator, Crane was also a designer of wallpapers, stained glass, textiles, carpets, tiles, pottery and metalwork, as well as a writer and lecturer on the theory of design.

You can see this design and many more as part of our current exhibition, , at the Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Entry is free!

🤔 Wondering when our   venues at the University of Glasgow are open over the   and   holidays?We’ll close at 5.00pm on T...
18/12/2023

🤔 Wondering when our venues at the University of Glasgow are open over the and holidays?

We’ll close at 5.00pm on Thursday 21 December but the Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and House will open again between Christmas and New Year (10.00am until 5.00pm from Wednesday 27 until Saturday 30 December).

Our venues will then close again until 10.00am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

Visit our website for more on our opening hours!

Visitors to ‘The Trembling Museum’ will discover multiple volcanic specimens throughout the exhibition. These draw atten...
16/12/2023

Visitors to ‘The Trembling Museum’ will discover multiple volcanic specimens throughout the exhibition. These draw attention to how we are all connected to the forces of the natural world and allude to Glissant’s idea of ‘trembling’.

‘Trembling thinking is the instinctual feeling that we must refuse all categories of fixed and imperial thought… we can counter all the systems of terror, domination, and imperialism with the poetics of trembling—it allows us to be in real contact with the world and with the peoples of the world.’

Join our curator of British Art Anne Dulau today at 1pm for our last Friday Focus of the year! Anne will discuss acquisi...
15/12/2023

Join our curator of British Art Anne Dulau today at 1pm for our last Friday Focus of the year!

Anne will discuss acquisitions of Scottish art left to The Hunterian by the Davidson family, who have donated over 40 paintings and drawings by some of the most accomplished early 20th century Scottish artists. Their collection of works was originally built by William Davidson (1861-1945) and his wife, Jean Steel Reid (1866-1945), who were instrumental in preserving the legacy of their friends Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Anne's talk today will focus on some of the highlights within this group, from Mackintosh and Macdonald watercolours to oil paintings by John Quinton Pringle, Edward Atkinson Hornel or George Henry to Harrington Mann and Bessie MacNicol.

Zoom link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/friday-focus-scottish-art-acquisitions-tickets-768415701047

14/12/2023

In August 1902, a volcanic eruption from Mount Pelée devastated St. Pierre, the principal city on the Caribbean island of Martinique, putting into motion movement, migration, change and new relations among people and nature.

The Hunterian collection includes a small trace of this eruption, in the form of a roof tile partially melted by the ‘pyroclastic flow’ from Mount Pelée. Fused by ceramic and ash, this small object proves highly symbolic in the context of our newest exhibition ‘The Trembling Museum’.

🤔 Did you know that this 1929 ‘wreath’ crown is one of only 4,994 struck that year and gets its name from the design on ...
13/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that this 1929 ‘wreath’ crown is one of only 4,994 struck that year and gets its name from the design on the reverse?

‘Wreath’ crowns were produced by the Royal Mint between 1927 and 1936, except in 1935, which was George V’s silver jubilee, so a jubilee crown was produced instead!

They were specifically struck for people to buy as Christmas gifts.

This one is part of our collection at the University of Glasgow.

🤔 Did you know that 19th-century Clyde Pottery jugs like this one are highly collectable? Clyde Pottery produced a wide ...
11/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that 19th-century Clyde Pottery jugs like this one are highly collectable?

Clyde Pottery produced a wide range of patterns covering everything from royal weddings to Robert Burns. The jugs were one of the company’s most popular items.

This Christmas greetings design from our collection at the University of Glasgow features an abstract pattern surrounding festive bells.

The legend reads, "Happy and Joyous be thy Christmas".

08/12/2023

Poet and thinker Édouard Glissant called for a ‘relational’ understanding of the world, instead of searching for fixed identities. His philosophy opposes the idea of categories when it comes to cultures and histories, and instead looks at how communities interact and connect and constantly evolve in relation to each other.

‘The Trembling Museum’ has been co-curated with filmmaker Manthia Diawara and art historian Terri Geis, who have brought...
07/12/2023

‘The Trembling Museum’ has been co-curated with filmmaker Manthia Diawara and art historian Terri Geis, who have brought the ideas of Martinique-born poet and thinker Édouard Glissant (1928–2011) to inform how the objects in the exhibition are displayed.

Diawara documented his conversations with Glissant aboard the Queen Mary II on their transatlantic journey from England to New York in his film, 'One World in Relation', which encapsulates Glissant’s life’s work and studies on his theory of relation.

🤔 Did you know that ‘The Nutcracker’ is one of the most popular and frequently performed ballets? ‘The Nutcracker’ is th...
05/12/2023

🤔 Did you know that ‘The Nutcracker’ is one of the most popular and frequently performed ballets?

‘The Nutcracker’ is the last of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets and is often performed at Christmas because the first act is set at a Christmas party.

This costume design for the ‘Arabian Dance’ from Act II of ‘The Nutcracker’ is by renowned Scottish artist John Macfarlane, who has an international reputation as a designer of opera and ballet.

You can see it alongside a number of designs by John Macfarlane in our current exhibition, , at the Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Entry is free!

🖼️ John Macfarlane, ‘Costume design for male dancer, Arabian dance, Act II, The Nutcracker’, 1991. Birmingham Royal Ballet. © John Macfarlane.

Spanning over 300 years of African art history, ‘The Trembling Museum’ features an incredible range of objects and artwo...
04/12/2023

Spanning over 300 years of African art history, ‘The Trembling Museum’ features an incredible range of objects and artworks, including sculptures, textiles, paintings, masks and musical instruments such as drums and lutes.

Alongside these objects from our permanent collection, the exhibition includes a number of films by artists from around the world, works by contemporary artists and mineral specimens.

02/12/2023

'The Trembling Museum' is now open at the Hunterian Art Gallery! The exhibition focuses on our incredible collection of African art objects, taking them out of the ‘ethnography’ section of our museum store and displaying them alongside contemporary artworks in the gallery.

'The Trembling Museum' asks questions about how African art has been classified in Western institutions, and how it can be understood differently.

Happy  ! This work, 'Textile Design: Saltire', by Charles Rennie   is part of our   collection at the University of Glas...
30/11/2023

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This work, 'Textile Design: Saltire', by Charles Rennie is part of our collection at the University of Glasgow.

Mackintosh's design in pencil and watercolour on paper makes a play on the Saltire, the Scottish flag, which shows a white St Andrew's cross against a blue background.

‘The Trembling Museum’ opens this weekend at the Hunterian Art Gallery. A collaboration between The Hunterian and schola...
29/11/2023

‘The Trembling Museum’ opens this weekend at the Hunterian Art Gallery. A collaboration between The Hunterian and scholar Manthia Diawara and curator Terri Geis, the exhibition reframes the African art and textiles that form part of our permanent collection.

'The Trembling Museum'
2 December 2023–19 May 2024
Hunterian Art Gallery
Free entry

🤔 Did you know that ‘The Fairy Queen’ by Henry Purcell is a semi-opera in five acts, based on Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer...
28/11/2023

🤔 Did you know that ‘The Fairy Queen’ by Henry Purcell is a semi-opera in five acts, based on Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'?

This costume design for Oberon is by British artist and writer Michael Ayrton (1921–1975), who designed the set and costumes for the 1946 production of ‘The Fairy Queen’, performed by the Covent Garden Opera Company.

You can see the design in our current exhibition, , at the Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 5pm. Free entry.

🖼️ Michael Ayrton, ‘Costume design for Oberon, The Fairy Queen’, 1946. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. © Estate of Michael Ayrton.

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