Painting in Dundee

an exhibition from The Fleming Collection


'Dundee from the East' by David Farquharson, 1890

2 July - 7 September 2002
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 8.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm
Foyer & Lamb Galleries
Tower Building, University of Dundee


'The Turn of the Tide' by John Duncan

The Fleming Collection is one of the most important private collections of Scottish art, and has recently opened to the public in an attractive gallery in central London.

The Fleming Collection consists of works by many of Scotland's most prominent artists, from 1770 to the present day, including works by early nineteenth century artists, the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists, the Edinburgh School and many contemporary Scottish names. The Fleming Collection has generously agreed to loan their exhibition Painting in Dundee to the University, where it will be on display in the Tower Galleries during summer 2002.

The exhibition focuses on Dundee, birthplace of Robert Fleming (founder of the investment bank which started the collection), and includes works by many of the artists who have lived or worked in the city, including

  • David Farquharson,
  • John Duncan,
  • James McIntosh Patrick

and Duncan of Jordanstone College staff such as

  • Alberto Morrocco,
  • David McClure and
  • Will Maclean


'Magdalen Green, Dundee' by James McIntosh Patrick


'Black Box and Bronze Head' by David McClure, 1975

Robert Fleming 1845-1933

The exhibition also includes a display on the life of Robert Fleming, once described as Scotland's Dick Whittington. Born in very modest circumstances in Dundee in 1845, he went on to become an international financier in London, establishing the investment bank that bore his name for more than a century and out of which the Fleming Collection of Scottish art and the Fleming Collection Gallery was born. A contemporary of J Pierpont Morgan and a close business associate and friend of Jacob Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb & Co, Fleming was widely known and respected in financial circles on both sides of the Atlantic. He was one of the shrewdest investors of his generation and an acknowledged expert in the financing of American railroads. Fleming never forgot Dundee, and made many generous bequests to the city and the new University College. The Fleming Gymnasium (opened in 1905 and now housing Forensic Medicine) still bears his name today.

All art images reproduced by kind permission of the Fleming Collection

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