Fine Art

The Fine Art collection includes works by the great majority of leading Scottish artists from the 17th century onward. We have examples of work from all the main art movements, as well as an historic group of civic portraits and a large and varied topographical collection.

The City Art Centre has one of the best collections of Scottish art in the country. Consisting of over 4500 works, it includes paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and installation art dating from the 17th century to the present day.

In the early 1960s the Scottish Modern Arts Association donated over 300 works to the city, including key works by all the major Scottish artists from William McTaggart to Joan Eardley.The collection has grown steadily since then. The Glasgow Boys are represented by Henry, Hornel, Lavery and Crawhall, as are the Scottish Colourists – Fergusson, Peploe, Cadell and Hunter.

The Edinburgh School is represented by Gillies, Maxwell and Redpath, and post-war artists include Davie, Paolozzi, Blackadder and Bellany. Contemporary artists represented include Christine Borland, Rosalind Nashashibi and Toby Paterson. Taken as a whole, the collection provides a rich and varied picture of Scottish art.


Robert McGregor, Gathering Stones
Charles Halkeston, Princes Street From The Mound, Edinburgh, 1843
Doug Cocker, Coda
Portrait by Raeburn
James McIntosh Patrick, Stobo Kirk