Featuring Senior Paintings Conservator, Lesley Stevenson, and the team of conservators who worked on cleaning, conserving and restoring William Hole’s constellation ceiling and magnificent murals which line the upper walls of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall.
A stunning set of murals, decorating the entrance hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, is to be cleaned for the first time in a quarter of a century, as part of a conservation project. The gallery has been closed for major refurbishment; completion of the cleaning is due to coincide with its reopening on 30 November.
The processional frieze in the Portrait Gallery (the work of William Hole) represents 155 of the greatest men and women from Scottish history. The Gallery is inviting donors to support the Portrait of the Nation project by adopting one of the figures from Scotland’s past.
The beautifully detailed mural mapping the night sky which William Hole painted in the late 1890s as a ceiling decoration within the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, is currently the focus of a major fundraising initiative. Supporters can sponsor one of the 2,222 stars depicted in the mural to help raise funds for the £17.6m refurbishment.