Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

John Knox, Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine, oil on canvas, 1815. Courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland.

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Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today.

From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s highland idyll at Balmoral, Wild and Majestic considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world, expressed through highland and military dress, royal visits, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry.

Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, alongside the work of artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn, William Turner and Sir Edwin Landseer, this landmark exhibition uncovers how Romantic interpretations of the cultural traditions of the Scottish Highlands and islands became enduring symbols of wider Scottish identity. As the exhibition charts Scotland’s journey into the global imagination it invites you to think again about the meaning and relevance of ideas that continue to define Scotland today.

Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.

Adult: £10.00
Concession: £7.50
Child: £7.50

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26 June – 10 November

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1JF