Alasdair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry (1773-1828) chief of clan Macdonell of Glengarry, and army officer
About the work
Wearing full Highland dress, Highland chieftain Alasdair Macdonell of Glengarry stands proudly, apparently in the hall of a grand residence. His right hand supports the barrel of a rifle. The setting of this portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn is likely to be a fictional construction of the artist, rather than the sitter’s ancestral home. The original painting on which this print is based, 'Alexander Macdonell of Glengarry' (1812), is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.
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.
- Alasdair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry (1773-1828) chief of clan Macdonell of Glengarry, and army officer
- Colour mezzotint
- height: 70.00 cm, width: 50.00 cm
- Purchased from Vicars Bros, July 1957
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