Two rare paintings make journey from Scone Palace to Warsaw for special exhibition

24 May 2018

Two paintings by 18th Century Polish-Italian artist Marcello Bacciarelli (1785-1841) are travelling from their home at Scone Palace, Perthshire to be showcased in a special exhibition of the artist's work at The Royal Castle in Warsaw Museum.

The Bacciarelli works, one (pictured) of the 2nd Earl of Mansfield David Murray (1727-1796), the other of his first wife, Henrietta Frederica, will be part of an exhibition called Marcello Bacciarelli, His Most Beautiful Portraits to commemorate 200 years since the painter's death.

Bacciarelli's portraits of Polish aristocracy in the Age of Enlightenment made him a favourite with Polish Royal Family, in particular with Augustus III of Poland who reigned from 1734-1763.

The 2nd Earl of Mansfield was an ambassador to Warsaw in the mid-18th Century which would explain how he and Henrietta came to pose for Bacciarelli. As some of the best existing examples of the painter's early work, The Royal Castle in Warsaw Museum approached the current Lord and Lady Mansfield to request a loan of the paintings for the duration of the exhibition.

Approximately 40 portraits will be on display at the exhibition which will run from June 7 - September 6, 2018. The paintings will then be returned to Scone Palace.

A third painting, an early work by the acclaimed Scottish artist Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) is returning to The Royal Academy in London. The Village Politicians which depicts several men having a serious discussion around a wooden table, is to be included in "The Great Spectacle" exhibition celebrating 250 years of The Royal Academy. This exhibition will run from June 12 - August 19, 2018.

Lady Mansfield of Scone Palace commented:

"We are delighted to be able to share some of our most precious art at these special exhibitions in London and Warsaw. Many people travel to see our paintings at Scone Palace every year, but it is very special to be able to reach new audiences in other countries. We hope everyone enjoys seeing the pieces over the summer months."