Fingask Castle is home to what is believed to be the only active subscription mural in Britain, possibly Europe, possibly the world! Begun in 2003 the ongoing picture by Ivan Govorkov and Elena Gubanova of St. Petersburg is designed to raise money for the Fingask Follies.
It curently features 44 people, the North wind, a kind of anonymous patron playing Orpheus being assassinated by harpies, 6 dogs, a cat, a book and a Bentley. Why not joint the merry throng? Add yourself or a loved one to the mural (£2,000) and you will receive a copy of the portrait on canvas to hang at home. Or a cheaper option would be to add your favourite pet, motor car or book. In 2010 we are planning a trompe l’oeuil book case – be the first to go on the shelves as a book or bust.
Examples of other subscription portraits:
Charles Lees, RSA (1800-1880): The Royal Caledonian Curling Club at Linlithgow of 1853, had 48 subscribers, ranging from Sir George Clerk, Bart, of Penicuick curling club, via Sir Patrick Murray Threipland, Esq of Fingask curling club, to Robert Craig, Esq, of Dalkeith curling club.
Charles Lees, RSA: The Golfers, A grand match played over St. Andrews Links, 1850.
Henry Jamyn Brooks (1865-1925): Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888, 1889, 60 x 160 in.
Henry Jamyn Brooks: Polo at Hurlingham, 1890, 90 x 50 in.
Henry Jamyn Brooks: The first meeting og the London County Council in the County Hall Spring Gardens, 1889, 368 x 190 cms.
Andrew Festing: The house of Lords debating The Queen’s Speech in 1995 (unveiled December 1998), which now hangs in the Lord’s Library corridor.
Benjamin Ferrers: The Court of Chancery during the reign of George I, c.1725, 30 x 25 in.
Gawen Hamilton: A conversation of Virtuosis…at the Kings Arms, 1735, 35 x 44 in.
Johann Zoffany: The Sharp Family, oil on canvas, 1779-1781, 45.5 x 49.5 in. (a fine family group).