|The University’s Modern Scottish Art collection includes the Talbot Rice Memorial Collection, the Scottish Arts Council Bequest, transfers from University Staff Club, the Chancellor’s Building Picture Collection and the major part of the Hope Scott Bequest. This section holds a significant number of important works by renowned artists. Included among them are Anne Redpath, James Cowie, Leslie Hunter, David Foggie, William MacTaggart, David McClure, John McLean, Ann Oram, Willie Rodger, David Michie, John Houston, Alastair Mack, Paul Furneaux and Barbara Rae. Artists John Bellany, Jake Harvey, Elizabeth Blackadder and Alan Davie have made important gifts of their own work.
A bequest from the Scottish Arts Council consists of eight works including paintings by Penelope Beaton, Ivor Davies, Talbert McLean, Kenneth Dingwall, John Mooney and William Wilson.
The Hope Scott Collection includes a large number of works by William Johnstone, the innovative Scottish abstract painter whose work has been so influential to the current generation of artists in Scotland. It also features other works representative of 20th Century Scottish painting including oils by Eardley, Peploe, and Donaldson as well as works on paper by Gillies, Cadell and Davie. Friends and former pupils of David Talbot Rice, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Arts in the University of Edinburgh 1934-1972, have commemorated him by donating some twenty oils and watercolours to the Talbot Rice Memorial Collection, including a picture by Fife born artist, John Houston.The Modern Scottish Art Collection was recently enhanced with works by Callum Innes consisting of a series of prints acquired by purchase, and a donation of a work on paper by Lys Hanson (‘Vaulting’).