Chantry Fine Art Collection
Subject: Portrait of a Gentleman
Thought to be David Martin, Edinburgh Portrait
Painter (1737 -
Artist: Sir Henry Raeburn PRSA (1756 -
Provenance: See description
Size: Picture 24” x 19.75” see notes re sizes
Condition: Very fine*
Frame: Not original -
A very fine and powerful portrait of a gentleman in late middle age.
There are two early labels attached to the original stretcher -
This is somewhat of a mystery portrait. We have compared it with two known early self-
We thus believe it to be of David Martin (1737 -
Martin was one of Henry Raeburn’s teachers and the style of both is similar. However, Martin died in 1797 so if the date mentioned is correct it could NOT be of Martin unless it is a ‘posthumous portrait’. Raeburn is known to have painted many of these to help recover from his bankruptcy in 1808. However, on balance we prefer to judge it as a late portrait from life circa 1795 because it is so striking and vigorous
Despite apparent lack of provenance earlier sales have fully attributed the portrait to Sir Henry Raburn PRSA (1756 -
Of all its characteristics the painting of the shirt collar is pure Raeburn as is the general colouring and style all adding substance to the attribution. The size is unusual as he normally painted the standard 50”x40” or 30”x25” sizes. We have traced 4 other works in this smaller 24”x19.75” size.
Raeburn was the pre-
The portrait is contained within a fine frame of the period but is not the original -
The portrait size is 24” x 19 3/4” (61cm x 50cm)
*The work has been professionally cleaned and relined.
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