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Information about our art collection.

Hospitalfield's Collection

Hospitalfield’s art collection spans from the 19th Century to the present day. It includes 19th Century paintings commissioned by Patrick-Allan Fraser, 20th Century works donated by artists who studied here, and a growing selection of 21st Century artworks acquired though our contemporary art projects.


Ceramic Plates, 2018, Ceramic with hand-mixed glaze.

These plates were made by Zoe Paul during her period in residence at Hospitalfield working up to the Summer Open Weekend 2018. The clay has been drawn into, then glazed with oxides. These plates lined the walls of the 20th Century studio, which was transformed into a cafe for the duration of the weekend as part of Paul’s exhibition ‘wild wolf, man and fish’ was presented in this room and the adjoining studio where she presented large ceramic works’

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BERTH  AN  EARTH Drawings, 2015, ink on paper

Alastair MacLennan produced these drawings during BERTH  AN  EARTH, a performance commissioned by Hospitalfield in 2015. The drawings were made horizontally on two tables MacLennan moved between. He used ink and water sponges to draw, and gifted the drawings into our collection after the performance. 

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Drawing, 2015, pen and gold leaf on paper

This drawing is part of Graham Fagan’s exhibition for the Scottish presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2015. The solo exhibition was commissioned and curated by Hospitalfield, and was exhibited at Hospitalfield House later in 2016. This tree form appears in several of Fagan’s works including a metal and ceramic sculpture which was exhibited in Hosptialfield’s Dining Room alongside this work.


Untitled Diptych, circa late 1960s / early 1970s, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 76.5cm.
Untitled, 1984, watercolour, 40 x 97cm.
Untitled (Still Life and Self Portrait), 1994, watercolour,135.5 x 64cm.
Gifted by the Royal Scottish Academy (William Littlejohn Bequest)

William Littlejohn was born in Arbroath in 1929 and lived here most of his life. He worked for many years as an art teacher at Arbroath High School, after which he became a lecturer, then Head of Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. He taught there until retiring in 1991.

When he died in 2006, Littlejohn left the entire contents of his studio to the Royal Scottish Academy. We were delighted to have the opportunity to receive the gift of three works from his studio collection, held by the RSA, in 2013. We selected these particular paintings to compliment two other which were already part of Hospitalfield’s 20th Century collection. Littlejohn was an important painter and educator, and also served as a Trustee of The Hosiptalfield Trust for many years.

Images: Details of Richard Littlejohn paintings already in Hospitalfield’s collection: ‘Still Life on a Plinth’, oil on canvas; and ‘Painting 1972’, oil on canvas ; Artists in residence eating in the refectory amongst the two early abstract works; Portrait of Richard Littlejohn.