The Torrie Collection: University of Edinburgh Talbot Rice Gallery

Genevieve Warwick, Emily Moore (Editor), Andrew Smith (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

This commemorative publication brings together the work of academic faculty, curators and graduate students to celebrate the University of Edinburgh's founding collection of art. The Torrie Collection works of art comprise Dutch 'Golden Age' painting and sixteenth-century Florentine bronzes in the tradition of Michelangelo. Gifted to the university in 1836, it speaks for 180 years of University art collecting and artistic heritage. On display in the University’s magnificent Georgian Gallery, designed by the University architect William Henry Playfair who oversaw the Torrie bequest, it represents an unrivaled opportunity to display these works in the historic interior for which they were destined. Normally housed between the University and the National Gallery of Scotland, the return of the Torrie Collection to the University in 2016 is a celebration of this remarkable collection and the role it has played in our cultural, institutional, and intellectual history of art, architecture, and nationhood. The exhibition also represents a unique teaching and research collaboration between the University and the National Galleries of Scotland undertaken through a series of pioneering student-led exhibitions on the Torrie Collection, 2014-17. This book is a lasting record of the University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery exhibition of the Torrie Collection over 2016-17 that builds on 3 years of postgraduate training with academic and curatorial staff, and the National Galleries of Scotland, as part of a larger research project on the Torrie Collection funded by the Principal's Fund, University of Edinburgh. Co-written and edited by our graduate students, it is testimony to our commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. It forms part of a series of research-led exhibitions with publications by the PI on university collections, as a testament to their distinctive past and future potential as agents of enquiry and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherTalbot Rice Gallery
Commissioning bodyUoE (The University of Edinburgh) : Staff
ISBN (Print)9781904443759
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • University collections
  • Torrie Collection
  • University of Edinburgh


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