The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the National Gallery in London (NGL) are working together with the Duke of Sutherland to secure the long-term future of the Bridgewater loan of Old Master paintings.
The Bridgewater Collection, currently on view at the NGS, is the most important private collection of Old Master paintings on loan to an institution in the UK, on continuous public view in the National Gallery of Scotland since the collection was placed there in 1945 by the 6th Duke of Sutherland. The Duke has offered the opportunity for the Galleries to acquire two masterpieces Diana and Actaeon
and Diana and Callisto
, both by Titian, at a net price of £50m each.
Imagen: Diana and Callisto by Titian - Lent by the Duke of Sutherland 1945 - National Galleries of Scotland
The NGS and NGL will be seeking funds to acquire this work which would then be available for display on a rotating basis in London and Edinburgh. Assuming the funds can be raised to enable this purchase to proceed, the two Galleries will also be granted an option to acquire the second picture, Diana & Callisto in four year’s time for a similar amount. If the effort to acquire these works is successful then the remainder of the Bridgewater Collection will remain on long-term loan at the NGS.