Hunterian Art Gallery

Paintings on the wall in the Hunterian Art GalleryThe Hunterian Art Gallery frames questions about how art and art galleries can be more meaningful to more people.

The art on display includes works by Whistler and Mackintosh, Rembrandt and Rubens, the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists, as well as leading contemporary artists. It also features a significant number of artworks made by women and other artists who have been less well represented.

The Hunterian Art Gallery is also home to one of Scotland's largest print collections, a sculpture courtyard, the Mackintosh House and an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions.

The Hunterian Art Gallery is located on Hillhead Street beside the University Library, a five-minute walk from the Hunterian Museum. 


Paintings on the wall in the Hunterian Art GalleryTo make these amazing collections and wonderful spaces more meaningful to more people, the artworks are presented under themes such as ‘What Makes a Portrait’, ‘Colour and Light, Art and Science’ and ‘Art Across Borders’, which ask questions and invite discussion.

Looking from new perspectives, the displays ask questions such as: How do art and history influence each other? What can one picture tell us? What counts as art? How are artworks made?

They include a significant number of works made by women, with 25 female artists represented including Bessie MacNicol, Phoebe Traquair, Joan Eardley, Victoria Dubourg, Helen Frankenthaler, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Christine Borland.

Works on view for the first time include Gouffres Amers (1939) by English surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun, Memories of the Sea (1936) by Josephine Haswell Miller, The Puppet Maker (1978) by James Cumming, and a rare, possibly unique impression of the print Sunday Afternoon (1941) by African American artist Dox Thrash.

The displays also highlight a number of works that have not been on view for a number of years including Boite d'Allumettes (1963) by French Haitian artist Herve Telemaque, Sea Devil's Watchtower (1960) by Alan Davie, one of Scotland's most important modernist painters and A Paris Street by Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe. Also featured are artworks that have undergone intense conservation, giving them a new lease of life, such as John Hoyland’s 18-6-69.

Regular visitors can still see favourite works including Les Eus by John Duncan Fergusson and a number of works by Whistler, the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys.