The larger part of the Hope Scott Collection consists of a group of works by William Johnstone, the innovative Scottish abstract painter whose work has been so influential to the current generation of artists in Scotland. Twenty oil paintings including Red Spring (1958/9) and other works up to 1970 are included in the collection along with a large group of drawings and prints. The Hope Scott Bequest also includes other works representative of 20thcentury Scottish painting and includes oils by Eardley, Peploe, and Donaldson as well as works on paper by Gillies, Cadell and Davie.
Famously, this collection also consists of 5 small works by artists of international repute: Picasso, Bonnard, Ernst, Van Dongen and Utrillo.
Hope Montague Douglas Scott was a member of the Younger family of Scottish brewers and the wife of the grandson of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch. Following her death in 1989, her collection of paintings was bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh.
Hope Montagu Douglas Scott
The bulk of the collection was left to the University of Edinburgh as a bequest on the death of Hope Montagu Douglas Scott in 1989. She had already given the University four paintings by Johnstone on the occasion of its Quatercentenary in 1983. Two further paintings which she had given on long term loan now also form part of the bequest. The University itself bought one of Johnstone's paintings in 1975. Following an exhibition of his work at the Talbot Rice Gallery in 1976, the artist had also given a painting.