In 1944, Sir William and Constance, Lady Burrell, gifted their amazing collection to Glasgow, their home city. Their collection is housed in a purpose-designed, award-winning building set against woodland in Pollok Country Park, thus creating the sympathetic natural world setting which the Burrells desired.
Reaching across 6,000 years of history, the collection includes fine Chinese ceramics and bronzes, significant Islamic arts, and objects from ancient civilisations; exceptional examples of European fine art, and a wonderful array of objects from late Medieval and early Renaissance Europe such as important collections of tapestries and stained glass.
If you would like to explore the collection from home, please visit http://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=home to explore the treasures of the Burrell Collection!
In this portrait, Degas shows his close friend, the art critic and novelist, Edmond Duranty seated in his study, literally surrounded by the books which were the tools of his trade.
(c) CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944