Last of Hamilton Bequest on show at Kelvingrove

The last of the 92-year Hamilton Bequest of oil paintings to Glasgow Museums has gone on show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The Glasgow artist Victoria Morton is pictured here with her Soliton (© csg cic glasgow museums collection) at Kelvingrove. 

It is the ninetieth and final picture to be acquired for the collection by the bequest, set up in 1927, which has now expired.

The Hamilton Bequest sprang from the fortune of John Hamilton, a Glasgow storekeeper, who died in in 1904 leaving his estate to his two sisters with the condition that after their deaths it would be used to buy art for the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which had opened in 1901. The second of the sisters died in 1927, and since then the bequest has been administered by cousins of the Hamiltons, the Primrose family.

Karen Primrose, a Hamilton Bequest trustee, said that with few females represented inGlasgow’s Collection she was delighted we have championed a local, living, contemporary Scottish artist for the bequest`s final gift. “Soliton on initial glance has beautiful translucent greens, pinks and yellows which pull you in and then on a longer gaze turn into nebulous shapes with nearly visible figures sitting behind a veil of floating, moving, dancing colours. It is a beautiful, captivating and tranquil painting” she said.

Among artists included in the collection are William Kennedy, one of the Glasgow Boys, Joan Eardley and the Scottish Colourist FCB Cadell. Hamilton Bequest paintings are on show in public places across Glasgow, with 28 of them at Kelvingrove.

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