Art everywhere at Drum

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It’s all about art at the National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle this week, as the team prepares for the new visitor season.

Six paintings of the Irvine family by Cosmo Alexander are being rehung after £30,000 restoration work.

Amongst those featured in the portraits is Alexander Irvine, the 17th Laird of Drum, who fought for the Jacobite cause alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie.

It is said that after Culloden, Alexander Irvine hid in a secret chamber at Drum Castle which was discovered during recent works to restore its medieval tower.

Artist Cosmo Alexander supported the Jacobite uprising and is noted for his portraits of Charles Edward Stuart and leading Jacobite families.

The paintings hang in Drum’s impressive dining room.

On the upper floors of the castle a striking new exhibition of Scottish art spanning four centuries is being installed in its modern gallery space.

A museum standard art space was created in an unused part of the castle in 2015 thanks to the support of the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who contributed £10,000.

The new exhibition ‘Northern Lights’ will showcase a stunning collection of artworks which are on loan from the Aberdeen Art Gallery while it undergoes a major redevelopment project.

Drum Castle is open to visitors on weekends until 20 March and then from Thursday to Monday from Easter until the end of June, and daily thereafter.