The Buccleuch Collection at Drumlanrig
Drumlanrig’s rich history is complemented by being home to some of the jewels of the Buccleuch Collection. Created over many generations and five centuries by the Montagu, Douglas and Scott forbears of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry it is internationally recognised as one of the most important in the country.
Pride of place goes to Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading, but with family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Alan Ramsay and Sir Joshua Reynolds, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, and cartoons by Rowlandson, it has the capacity to appeal to all tastes.
The Buccleuch Collection is particularly renowned for its furniture and for its silver. Two great cabinets by the 17th century French master, Andre Charles Boulle, bring the spirit of Louis XIV to the grand drawing room. Along with tapestry, precious fabrics and porcelain all embraced within the atmosphere of a family home, a visit to Drumlanrig is a rare art historical experience.
From Left: (1) Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn An old woman reading, signed and dated ‘1655’. (2) A fine Louis XIV cabinet by André-Charles Boulle inlaid in contre partie marquetry. (3) Cartoon of 4th Duke of Queensberry.