Fine Art

Explore one of Scotland's finest public collections of Fine Art and get to know Inverclyde's artistic tradition.

The McLean Museum's Art Collection is one of the most interesting in Scotland and is the product of over 130 years collecting by the Museum.

View of the Middle Church and Harbour, Greenock
View of the Middle Church and Harbour, Greenock by Robert Salmon (1775-ca.1851)
Copyright McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock.

The Inverclyde area has a long and distinguished tradition of producing artists who have contributed enormously to the development of Art in Scotland and beyondIn addition to works produced by local artists the collection contains many works by some of the most important Scottish artists as well as European and American artists.

The Glasgow Boys are well represented in the McLean collection with significant works, including paintings and drawings, by Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945), David Gauld (1865-1936), Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930), George Henry (1858-1943), Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933), Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), Arthur Melville (1858-1904), James Paterson (1854-1932) and Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1854-1952). 

The Scottish Colourists are also represented in the McLean collection with works by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937), John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) and Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935).

During the closure of the building the Museum can only offer a limited enquiry service by e-mail. If you have a question concerning this collection please contact the Museum at museum@inverclyde.gov.uk.

See thousands of images and records from the collections of the McLean Museum and Inverclyde Archives on our Collections Online website. Use the link on the left of the page to take you there.

Page last updated: 23 May 2017