The great British art quiz: set by the National Trust for Scotland


This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.

Today, our questions are from National Trust for Scotland. With industrial buildings, castles, mansions and cottages, the collections range from fine and decorative art to furniture, books and associated archives. NTS collections can be found in more than 50 properties and provide a view into the lives of people across Scotland. The collection cares for around 300,000 objects and has a painting collection of international significance.

You can see art from the National Trust for Scotland on Art UK here.

How old is Agnes Murray Kynynmond in this portrait by Allan Ramsay (1713–1784)?

" Agnes Murray Kynynmond, Allan Ramsay, 1713–1784, Falkland Palace and Garden"
Culross Palace in Fife was built by a merchant – Sir George Bruce; how did he make his money?

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The Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) used photographs to aid his paintings and was greatly inspired by Japanese culture and photography. Which Japanese city became most famous for its hand-coloured photography studios in the late 19th century?

"Japanese Musician, 1921–1925, oil on canvas, Edward Atkinson Hornel, Broughton House & Garden"
In this painting by John Opie (1761–1807) we see seven of the children of the 21st Laird of Brodie, posing with their family dog. Brodie Castle is full of portraits that show the family with their favourite animals. Can you guess what unusual pets Violet Brodie (1878–1958) was particularly fond of?

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In this beautiful example of a double portrait, James V of Scotland is depicted with his second wife, Mary of Guise. However, this is a 19th-century copy of a 16th-century original. Where can you find the original portrait?

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In the painting at Brodick Castle on Arran – The Temptation of St Anthony by David Teniers II (1610–1690) – the saint is depicted being tormented by a number of gruesome beasts and demons. Which of these bizarre and sinister creatures always appears in Tenier’s depictions of St Anthony?

"The Temptation of Saint Anthony, oil on panel, David Teniers II (1610–1690), Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park"
Designed by William Adam in the 1770s, Haddo House was the home of the Gordon family who and entertained the great and good of British society; what statesmen does this portrait by Richard Evans depict?

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Which monarch is depicted in this painting?

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You got…

Room for improvement, to put it mildly

Well, this isn’t an easy quiz, but …

Not great, but you’ve got to start somewhere

Suspect you’re more drawn to the Arctic Monkeys end of Sheffield culture

Half marks – not bad at all

Pretty impressive

Think you can treat yourself to a chorus of Common People in celebration.

You have a heart and soul of Sheffield steel

A truly mighty result. Top class!




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