Circle of Sir Henry Raeburn, (1756-1823)
An interesting portrait of a woman of quality stylistically similar to the work of Henry Raeburn. The frame bears a name plaque ascribing the work to Raeburn, but it would be difficult to prove that this is the hand of one of the finest painters of the era.
Raeburn was the leading Scottish portrait painter during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was able to produce a telling and forcible likeness; his work is distinguished by powerful characterisation, stark realism, dramatic and unusual lighting effects, and swift and broad handling.
In common with most paintings of any age, this painting has not escaped the ravages of time and the hands of the restorer. The canvas has been lined and mounted onto a replacement cross stretcher. There are numerous old repairs, heavy craquelure to the paint surface and the paint is a little thin in places. Nevertheless, she is still an attractive portrait of some merit.
67cm x 56cm (87cm x 76cm framed)
26.5 x 22 inches (34 x 30 inches framed)