Benmore House with James Duncan's Gallery: Andrew Watson's Collection
In November, we were delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Duncan to give a talk about James Duncan- An Enlightened Victorian. James Duncan was a 19th Century sugar refiner, based in the West of Scotland, who was also an art collector and philanthropist. He owned Benmore Estate in Argyll and built a gallery there to house his substantial and important collection of paintings. Unfortunately circumstances conspired to necessitate the sale of most of these paintings in the 1880s and now many of these hang in galleries in the UK and USA.