Hugh Andrew Johnstone Munro of Novar was one of the great collectors of nineteenth-century Britain. Aged thirteen he inherited, along with his family estates at Novar, Scotland, a painting by Murillo, which helped to light a life-long enthusiasm fir art. A friend of Turner, with whom he went sketching in Italy in 1836, and of Landseer, he was well regarded as a painter in his own right - Waagen said that he painted in the style of Greuze - although none of his works are known today. By 1830, Munro was collecting pictures by Turner, Stothard, Bonington and Etty; of Old Masters, he owned works by Claude, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo and Watteau. On his death, his collection was inherited by his sister, Mrs. Butler Johnstone, and her husband, and was sold at Christie's in the 1860s and 1870s.