Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) portrait painter: self portrait

William, III Walker (1791 - 1867)
Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 - 1823)

Engraving with chine collé

published 1 January 1826
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist

    Henry Raeburn was born in the village of Stockbridge (now within Edinburgh), where his parents ran a yarn-boiling business. However, by the age of eight he was orphaned and residing at a charity school. He was later apprenticed to a goldsmith and during this time began painting full-scale portraits. His marriage (c.1780) to Ann Leslie, a wealthy widow, allowed him to study in Rome (c.1784-87). Despite success, he became insolvent in 1808 as a result of failed investments and remained in debt for the rest of his life. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, in 1792 and was elected a member in 1815. He was knighted in 1822 and appointed ‘limner and painter in Scotland’ to the king in 1823. However, he died in the same year, aged 67.
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    Raeburn, Sir Henry
    Materials & Techniques
    chine collé, engraving
  • Details
    Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) portrait painter: self portrait
    published 1 January 1826
    Engraving with chine collé
    height: 55.50 cm, width: 41.70 cm
    Purchased from Grosvenor Prints, May 2002
    below image, bc: Henry Raeburn
    With Grosvenor Prints, London; from whom purchased by the Government Art Collection in May 2002
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