The Dundee Art Collectors

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


    Matthew Jarron, Curator, University of Dundee Museum Services

    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dundee was renowned as one of the major art centres of Britain. The massive growth of the jute industry turned factory owners into millionaires and collecting art became one of their favourite hobbies. As the painter John Duncan recalled: “The best artists of the country were coming and going amongst us, the guests of our merchant princes; and the fame of Dundee as an art centre was spread far and wide”. The first generation of collectors concentrated on Scottish art, commissioning work directly from leading painters of the day. In the early 20th century, a new generation appeared with even more ambitious tastes. This online exhibition looks at some of the city’s leading art patrons.

    Artists featured in this Curation: John Pettie (1839–1893), William Fettes Douglas (1822–1891), William McTaggart (1835–1910), George Paul Chalmers (1833–1878), John Everett Millais (1829–1896), Eduardo Léon Garrido (1856–1949), William Quiller Orchardson (1832–1910), David Farquharson (1839–1907), Philip Alexius de László (1869–1937), Bernardus Johannes Blommers (1845–1914), Eugène Louis Boudin (1824–1898), Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940), Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Charlotte Nasmyth (1804–1884) and Jim Pattison (b.1955)
    Event titleThe Dundee Art Collectors
    Event typeExhibition
    LocationUnited KingdomShow on map