Museum reveals Montrose painting treasure

'Prospect of Montrose' a painting by Robert Monro. Photo courtesy of Angus Council Museum Service.
'Prospect of Montrose' a painting by Robert Monro. Photo courtesy of Angus Council Museum Service.

A new painting hung at Montrose Museum of large panoramic view of the burgh painted in the 1800s will be the subject of the next evening meeting of the Montrose Society tomorrow (Thursday, December 11).

The meeting at 7.30 p.m. at Montrose Museum will feature ‘Prospect of Montrose’ - a significant new acquisition to the museum’s collection.

The large panoramic view of the royal burgh was painted around 1820 by Robert Monro, the first Art Master of Montrose Academy, recently opened in 1815.

Not only is it beautifully painted, but it is a unique social document detailing the nature of life in the busy port at that time.

A panel of contributors from the Society and the Museum Service will reveal how the painting was bequeathed to the museum by the late Rosemary Hall and how it was repaired and conserved.

What is known about the artist, Robert Monro, and his other works will be discussed. After this the painting will be looked at in detail, indicating prominent buildings and activities in the town at the time.

The background landscape (mostly the parish of St Cyrus) will be revealed. The audience will be asked to contribute information and observations about the myriad of buildings and objects in this wonderful picture. The meeting is free and is open to all comers, who can also enjoy the current exhibition on display, Ideas O’ Their Ain, covering the Scottish Renaissance of early 20th Century Montrose.