The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has recently reopened after a dramatic overhaul lasting several years. Founded in 1889, the Gallery has one of the largest collections of portraits in the world, but is often overlooked. Sitting on Edinburgh's Queen Street, it was formerly a quiet and cosy affair; a poor neighbour to the resplendent classical facades of the Royal Academy and National Gallery.
For Thomas Carlyle, the spiritual father of Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the 'oldest Scottish portrait I can recollect to have seen, of any worth, is that of James IV'. This is, almost, the first portrait that we come across in the first gallery. But before we even begin the journey, we are greeted by an ingenious little curatorial warning in the form of Patrick Grant.