Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 32 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 24 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,500 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 41 items
  • 9,899 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,418 items Explore
  • 4,947 items Explore
  • 74 items Explore
  • 101 items Explore
  • 9,405 items Explore
  • 13,022 items Explore
  • 4,331 items Explore
  • 52 items
  • 5 items
  • 127 items Explore
  • 2,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,667 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,112 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 960 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 4,972 items Explore
  • 407 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 16,185 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 70 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 134 items
  • 2 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 897 items Explore
  • 834 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 23,266 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,312 items Explore
  • 1,500 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,656 items Explore
  • 8,912 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,733 items Explore
  • 5,569 items Explore
  • 4,026 items Explore
  • 857 items Explore
  • 848 items Explore
  • 2,491 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,659 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 309 items Explore
  • 726 items Explore
  • 827 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 1,122 items Explore
  • 986 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 5,180 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 29 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 1,292 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,907 items Explore
  • 1,099 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 913 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 823 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 276 items Explore
  • 2,159 items
  • 2,101 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,683 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 29,677 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,052 items Explore
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,104 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 25 items
  • 717 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 156 items
  • 52 items
  • 19,528 items Explore
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 18,292 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1,864 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 50 items
  • 420 items
  • 3,261 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 443 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 20 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 113 items
  • 272 items
  • 764 items
  • 717 items
  • 1 items
  • 341 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,351 items Explore
  • 695 items Explore
  • 5,848 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,981 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,260 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 9,171 items Explore
  • 6,538 items Explore
  • 183 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 997 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,566 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,196 items Explore
  • 12,229 items Explore
  • 2,721 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7,973 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,329 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 12,847 items Explore
  • 3,292 items Explore
  • 1,936 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 31,200 items Explore
  • 633 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 21,264 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 17 items
  • 30 items
  • 47 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 215 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,789 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 15,263 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 3,260 items Explore
  • 852 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 195 items
  • 618 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,022 items Explore
  • 874 items Explore
  • 14 items
  • 1,781 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 1 items
  • 73 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 2,687 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 9,010 items Explore
  • 19,404 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 333 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 170 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 159 items
  • 9,979 items Explore
  • 3,513 items Explore
  • 2,615 items Explore
  • 4,670 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 57 items
  • 6,098 items Explore
  • 4,023 items Explore
  • 460 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,809 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,274 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 378 items Explore
  • 5,081 items Explore
  • 8,918 items Explore
  • 1,829 items Explore
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 8,684 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,488 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,785 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 141 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 468 items
  • 934 items
  • 3,562 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,309 items Explore
  • 46 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,894 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,124 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,820 items Explore
  • 779 items Explore
  • 2,009 items
  • 5,097 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,324 items Explore
  • 1,340 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,546 items Explore
  • 16,132 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 35 items
  • 5,413 items Explore
  • 7,527 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,683 items Explore
  • 248 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 423 items
  • 150 items Explore
  • 7,332 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 20,930 items Explore
  • 6,599 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2 items
  • 543 items Explore
  • 325 items
  • 163 items Explore
  • 10,845 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 5 items
  • 4 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,306 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,228 items Explore
  • 2,093 items Explore
  • 588 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,068 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 56,893 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,628 items Explore
  • 2,599 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 3,133 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 14,885 items Explore
  • 5,116 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 2 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 417 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,057 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 715 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,362 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 947 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,180 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 547 items Explore
  • 1,680 items Explore
  • 935 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

The Paterson Children

Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1790 - 1793

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1257 x 1003 mm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in)

Place of origin

Scotland

Order this image

Collection

Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1246448

Caption

George (1778–1846), John (1778–1858) and Margaret (d.1845) Paterson, children of George and Anne Paterson, of Castle Huntly in Perthshire. This complex of image of sibling dynamics once formed a light-hearted counterpart to Raeburn’s portraits of the children’s parents. The younger brother, John, distracts his sister by waving the laden branch of an apple tree over her shoulder while he steals a fruit from her basket. George fixes the viewer with his gaze: does he protectively embrace his sister out of sincere affection, or is he complicit in the mischief?

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, The Paterson Children by Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823), circa 1790-3. Three three-quarter length portraits of the children of George Paterson of Castle Huntly, Perthshire and his wife the Honourable Mrs Paterson. The central figure is believed to be George (1778-1846), heir to his father, he pursued a military career; the other boy is thought to be John (1778 - 1858), who became Commander of an East Indiaman and the girl is thought to be Margaret who died unmarried in 1845. They are standing in a landscape, to front; a tree at the right. The central figure, George, is wearing mustard-coloured trousers and a scarlet jacket, and Margaret, his sister, to the left is wearing a white dress with blue sash looking to the left. The boy to the right, in similar mustard-coloured trousers and a dark jacket is their brother John. George stands with his right arm around his sister’s shoulders, and takes her right hand in his left. John holds an apple bough over her head while he takes an apple from the basket she is holding.

Provenance

Originally part of the Paterson collection at Castle Huntly, Perthshire; by descent to Charles James George Paterson (1858 - 1937); sold by him to Thomas Agnew & Son, 5 February 1913; Arthur Henderson, 26 May 1913; back in Agnew's by 6 November 1913; to Gerard Lee Bevan (1869 - 1936), 4 February 1914; back at Agnew's, January 15 1917; sold by Agnew's to Margaret Greville (1863-1942) on 13 March 1918 for £23,000. Bequeathed in 1942 by Margaret Helen Greville DBE (1863-1942) to the National Trust along with the Polesden Lacey Estate in memory of her father William McEwan MP (1827-1913). [The probate inventory of January 1943 shows this item on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., the Gun Room Lavatory, page 131.]

Credit line

Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823), artist

References

Armstrong 1901 Sir Walter Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, with an introduction by R. A. M. Stevenson, and a biographical and descriptive catalogue by J. M. Caw, New York, 1901, pp.56, 62, 63, 110 Pinnington 1904 Edward Pinnington, Sir Henry Raeburn, RA, London, 1904, p.244, no.529 Caw, 1909: Sir James Lewis Caw, Masterpieces in Colour: Raeburn: London, 1909, p.13 Greig 1911 James Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. His Life and Works With a Catalogue of his Pictures, London, 1911, p.55 Irwin 1975 David & Francina Irwin, Scottish Painters at Home and Abroad 1700-1900, London, 1975, pp.158-9 The Art of Sir Henry Raeburn 1756-1823, (ed. Duncan Thomson) exh. cat., Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p.161 & fig.67, p.162 Mackie 1993 David Mackie, Raeburn: Life and Art, unpublished PhD thesis, Edinburgh University, 1993, pp.723-724

View more details