Art of Power: Masterpieces from the Bute Collection is a precursor to our William Hunter Tercentenary celebrations in 2018, which will mark the birth of Hunterian founder Dr William Hunter (1718 – 1783). The Tercentenary will highlight the truly unique place of Hunter and his collections in our understanding of the Enlightenment in Scotland and beyond, and his contribution to the formation of the modern museum as a public institution.
Art of Power reflects the collecting tastes of one of Hunter’s most important contemporaries at the Hanoverian Court, John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute (1713 – 1792) and offers a unique opportunity to see major paintings from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, one of the foremost private collections of artworks and artefacts in the UK.
The exhibition is split across two venues, the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow and Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. The ticket price covers admission to the exhibition at both. Visitors to The Hunterian will get a flavour of the collections at Mount Stuart. The concurrent exhibition at Mount Stuart presents works not normally seen as part of the tour.
At The Hunterian, highlights include works by Claude Lorrain, Jan Steen, Aelbert Cuyp, and Jacob van Ruisdael. These are displayed alongside a selection of works on paper, including botanical illustrations and satirical prints.
At Mount Stuart, highlights include works by Veronese, Frans Snyders, Pieter van Slingelandt and Joshua Reynolds. These are accompanied by historical artefacts, such as costume, letters, and rare books.
Header image: Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, 1773 (displayed at Mount Stuart).