Lot 458: Raeburn (Sir Henry, 1756-1823). David Martin, Portrait Painter of Edinburgh, 1813, oil on canvas, head and shoulders portrait of a grey-haired gentleman wearing a dark green mantle and white shirt, signed in black lower right 'H. Raeburn 1813' (date partly indistinct), stretcher with incised inscription 'David Martin, Portrait Painter of Edinburgh, by H. Raeburn, 1813', and with early manuscript labels, one inscribed 'Man's Head, Sir H. Raeburn', 61 x 50cm (24 x 19.75ins), gilt moulded frame. Foremost Scottish portraitist David Martin (1737-1797) acted as mentor and instructor to Henry Raeburn when he was an inexperienced young artist. Martin is said to have given his protege some of his own works to copy, only to be profoundly upset when Raeburn sold one of his copies as his own work. It is known that Raeburn was in the habit of painting portraits posthumously, and often repeatedly, no doubt in response partly to his impecunious state, after being declared bankrupt in 1808. (1)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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