19TH CENTURY SCOTTISH SCHOOL PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN - CIRCLE OF SIR HENRY RAEBURN (1756-1823)


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"19TH CENTURY SCOTTISH SCHOOL PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN - CIRCLE OF SIR HENRY RAEBURN (1756-1823)"
A high quality and atmospheric early 19th century portrait of a Regency gentleman by an artist in the circle of Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)

The elegant and self assured gentleman is depicted half length against a rust ground. He wears the traditional attire of a Regency gentleman of substance and his costume is comprised of a black double breasted jacket and waistcoat under which he wears a white stock at his neck.

The dramatic play of light and shadow across this portrait (most noticeably across the sitters face) help to suggest a character of great depth. The sitters confident gaze is averted away from the viewer, have may be lost in thought, but he also has a strong sense of purpose.

This fine portrait is in an excellent state of conservation and it is ready to hang and enjoy in a later antique gilded ‘Carlo Maratta’ style frame.

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)
Raeburn was born the son of a manufacturer in Stockbridge, on the Water of Leith; a former village now within the city of Edinburgh. Orphaned, he was supported by his older brother and placed in Heriot's Hospital, where he received an education. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to the goldsmith James Gilliland of Edinburgh, Soon he took to the production of carefully finished portrait miniatures; meeting with success and patronage, he extended his practice to oil painting, at which he was self-taught.

Gilliland watched the progress of his pupil with interest, and introduced him to David Martin, who had been the favourite assistant of Allan Ramsay the Latter, and was now the leading portrait painter in Edinburgh. Raeburn soon he gained sufficient skill to make him decide to devote himself exclusively to painting.

Raeburn spent his life in Edinburgh, rarely visiting London, and then only for brief periods, thus preserving his individuality. Scottish art gained much from his disinclination to leave his native land. He became the acknowledged chief of the school which was growing up in Scotland during the earlier years of the 19th century, and his example and influence at a critical period were of major importance.
In 1812 he was elected president of the Society of Artists in Edinburgh, in 1814 Associate, and in the following year full Member of the Royal Scottish Academy. On 29 August 1822 he was knighted by George IV and appointed His Majesty's Limner for Scotland at the Earl of Hopetoun house. He died in Edinburgh.

Raeburn had all the essential qualities of a popular and successful portrait painter. He was able to produce a telling and forcible likeness; his work is distinguished by powerful characterisation, stark realism, dramatic and unusual lighting effects.This portrait is in an excellent state of conservation and ready to hand and enjoy in a carved and gilded late 18th century frame with painted border.

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Canvas: 25" x 30" / 64cm x 76.5cm.
Frame: 37.5" x 32" / 75cm x 81.5cm.
Price : $7,325
Period: 19th century
Style: Regency
Condition : Excellent condition

Material : Oil painting
Width : 75cm
Height : 81,5cm
Depth : 3cm

Reference : 701
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