It’s fitting that 12 donors who helped fund a major renovation of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery have had their likenesses immortalized in a new glass window by Scottish engraver Alison Kinnaird. The gallery, which first opened in 1891, closed for a much-needed refurbishment in 2008. Attendance has been up since the reopening in December 2011, and this month, a window commemorating the individuals as well as the 14 institutions who made the renovation possible was unveiled. All donors were honored with their inclusion in an exquisitely engraved leaded glass window by Kinnaird.
Kinnaird, an accomplished musician as well as an important engraver who uses the traditional technique for her figurative renderings of the human form in glass, is the subject of a short film looking at her artistic career and the development of her work on the donor window. The film can be seen below.