Portillo opens art exhibition

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Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has opened an exhibition in celebration of the works amassed by his grandfather JW Blyth at The Scottish Gallery.

Blyth was a Fife linen merchant whose 237-work collection, at the time of his death in 1962, included 84 Peploes, 45 McTaggarts and 24 by Sickert.

Mr Portillo said: “Reviewing his purchases over many years it is clear that John Blyth had a passionate commitment to Scottish artists and colourists particularly.”

The exhibition, in Dundas Street, runs until July 28.