Art & Collections

The Bute Collection is one of the foremost private collections of artwork and artefacts in the UK, and is especially notable for its British portraiture from the 18th and 19th centuries, Italian masterpieces from the 16th century, and Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.

The collection also houses a varied compilation of archives, books, furniture, silverwork and porcelain, reflecting the interests of various generations of the Bute family. Mount Stuart is home to some 25,000 books from the Bute Collection and includes works relating to theology, botany, agriculture, ornithology, travel, English fiction and Scottish history and literature. The Bute family has a long tradition of architectural patronage and the Bute Collection reflects this with its extensive collection of architectural drawings and decorative designs. Mount Stuart also hosts a wonderfully original range decorative art, featuring many pieces custom-made for the House.