Oil on Canvas
unframed 25 x 30 In., period gilt frame: 33.5w x 38.5h In.
ca. 1814

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 –1823) was a Scottish portrait painter and Scotland first significant portrait painter since the Union to remain based in Scotland. He served as Portrait Painter to King George IV in Scotland. Raeburn has been described as a “famously intuitive” portrait painter. He was unusual amongst many of his contemporaries, in the extent of his philosophy of painting directly from life; he made no preliminary sketches. Raeburn had all the essential qualities of a popular and successful portrait painter. He was able to produce a telling likeness; his work is distinguished by powerful characterization, stark realism, dramatic and unusual lighting effects, and swift and broad handling of the brush.