Sell the Bouchardon Bust, says Council (ctd)

June 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Bendor has been quoted in several Scottish newspapers in the past few days, questioning plans by the Highland council to sell off Bouchardon's bust of Sir John Gordon. The council are currently claiming that the high value of the bust prevents it from being displayed, and so it would be better to have the cash instead.

According to the article linked above:

But that claim has now been called into question by Mr Grosvenor, who told The Times: “Councils and museums across the country manage to put such items on public display without issue, I’m not sure why Highland Council are insisting it hasn’t been possible.

“The suspicion must be that they have been determined to sell this important artwork from the outset.”

Mr Grosvenor also argued that the public consultation into what should become of the sculpture was “founded on a false pretence”, as the council had strongly argued that insuring and displaying the original wasn’t possible and that this could have influenced the results.

And he asked why the council had not made use of the UK government’s indemnity scheme, which enables particularly valuable works to be put on display in museums and galleries and which can act as an alternative to the commercial insurance that Highland Council had cited as a problem.

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